A virgin mojito makes a fantastic non-alcoholic mocktail that’s full of fresh mint, lime juice, perfectly sweetened, and finished with fizzy club soda. Perfect when pregnant or for any time you don’t want or need alcohol in your beverage. We can’t get enough of these virgin mojitos!
What Makes This Recipe So Good
- It’s a light, refreshing, low-calorie “mixed drink” that everyone can enjoy! There’s absolutely no alcohol in this recipe, so it’s perfect for anyone who isn’t imbibing for any reason.
- It only takes about 5 minutes to mix up a glass! You have to love a quick and easy mocktail recipe.
- This recipe is designed for a single-serving virgin mojito, but you can absolutely increase the quantities to make a big batch instead! If you’re making mojitos by the pitcher, roughly chop the mint leaves and add them to the pitcher rather than muddling them in individual glasses. WAY less work that way!
Mint Leaves – A mojito’s not a mojito without mint! Fresh mint leaves are a must for your virgin mojito. They’re what give your drink its crisp, refreshing flavor.
Lime Juice – The tangy, tart lime juice balances out the sweetness of the simple syrup perfectly! Fresh lime juice is best, but if you’d rather use the bottled juice you can.
- You’ll start your virgin mojito by muddling the mint leaves –but what is muddling?! Muddling is essentially crushing the mint leaves against the side of the glass to release their oils, so the flavor mixes better with the liquid.
- If you don’t have a muddler, use the handle of a wooden spoon or something similar.
- Be careful about the amount of pressure you use to muddle the mint leaves. 1) If you’re muddling the leaves in the glass, too much pressure could break the glass, and 2) mint leaves are delicate, so over-muddling them is a real possibility. If you over-muddle, your drink will be bitter. With mint leaves, you really just need to press down and lightly twist or tap a couple of times.
- You can garnish your virgin mojito with a lime wedge, but sometimes I like to add blackberries or raspberries, too. Add fresh berries straight to the glass, or freeze them and use them in place of the ice to keep your drink from getting watered down on a hot day!
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- 15 mint leaves
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- ½ ounce simple syrup see Notes for alternatives
- 4 ounces club soda or sparkling water or ginger ale
- lime wedge optional, for garnish
- Muddler (or wooden spoon)
- Add mint leaves, lime juice, and simple syrup to glass. Muddle mint leaves gently.
- Add as much ice as desired, then top with club soda. Stir lightly to combine. Garnish with lime wedges (optional) and enjoy.
- Simple Syrup Alternatives: Make your own (see below) or stir 1/2 ounce honey into 1/2 ounce hot water, whisking until very smooth.
- Make it Lower Carb: Make your own simple syrup out of a powdered erythritol or allulose.
- Put equal parts sugar (or powdered erythritol, or allulose) and water into heatproof glass container.
- Microwave on high just until mixture barely starts to boil, usually around 1 minute or so. It’s fine if it boils for a few moments.
- Remove from microwave and stir to dissolve sugar.
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.