This Mojito Mocktail is a light and refreshing party drink. Made with fresh mint, simple syrup, lime juice, and sparkling water, the delicious flavors and fun fizz won’t ever have you missing the rum!
You’ll find all of the refreshing flavors of a classic mojito cocktail in this Mojito Mocktail. It’s easy to make in small or large batches using fresh mint, simple syrup, lime juice, and sparkling water. Every sip is light, thirst-quenching, and tart!
Just like my Pineapple Ginger Beer Mocktail, you can serve this mint mojito mocktail for all kinds of celebrations. I’ll always whip up a batch for backyard barbecues, Fourth of July parties, Sunday brunch, and even baby showers. Besides, it’s so much more fun than soda or juice!
The flavors are nicely balanced thanks to the tart lime juice and sweet, simple syrup. Fresh mint lends a refreshing layer, while sparkling water is a must for some fun fizz! It’s a delicious mocktail recipe that will make any guest feel special.
What is a mojito?
A mojito is a Cuban cocktail originally invented in the 16th century. It was originally made for medicinal purposes but was so delicious, it became the world-famous cocktail it is today!
Mojitos are made by first muddling mint leaves with sugar and lime juice before stirring in white rum. The finished drink is served in a highball glass, topped with sparkling water, and garnished with slices of lime and sprigs of mint.
What is a virgin mojito made of?
You’ll find almost all of the classic mojito ingredients in this mint mojito mocktail recipe, minus the rum. I’ve made a few adjustments purely for the sake of balance and flavor. Here’s what you need:
The best type of mint for any mojito recipe is fresh spearmint. This variety is mild in flavor, very refreshing, and slightly sweet compared to peppermint. When the spearmint leaves are muddled in the glass, they release their natural oils and strong aroma, giving this mocktail its amazing baseline of flavor!
Not a fan of mint leaves in your drink? Always shake and strain the drink! This step is crucial to avoid the larger leaves getting stuck in your straw or teeth.
If you’d prefer to make the mojito mocktail without any leaves, simply swap the fresh mint and simple syrup for a homemade mint syrup instead. You’ll still end up with the balanced, refreshing, and sweet flavors without the mint in your teeth.
You can always find a bottle of simple syrup in my fridge or on my bar cart because the sweetness will help balance the flavors in all kinds of cocktails and mocktails, like martinis, bellinis, and non-alcoholic punch. Simple syrup is easy to make at home using a 1:1 ratio of white granulated sugar to water. Heat the two together in a pot on the stove until the sugar dissolves, then bottle and enjoy.
I recommend squeezing your own limes with a citrus reamer for the freshest flavors, but you can always use bottled lime juice (this is our go-to store-bought lime juice) if you’re looking to save time. Make sure you have one or two extra limes for the garnish!
We top this mocktail with sparkling water for a fun fizz! Club soda or sparkling mineral water are great options as well.
How to make a mojito mocktail
This tart and refreshing mocktail recipe makes enough for two people, but you can always triple or quadruple the recipe if you’re serving a crowd. Thankfully, it’s really easy to put together:
Step 1: Muddle the mint leaves with simple syrup in a cocktail shaker.
Step 2: Add the lime juice and fill the shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until chilled.
Step 3: Strain between two glasses filled with ice.
Step 4: Top them off with sparkling water.
Step 5: Stir, garnish, and enjoy!
Customize your mint mojito mocktail
Mint and lime are the classic flavor pairings in most mojito recipes, but there’s so much room for more flavor. Customize the mocktail by adding muddled or pureed fruit, fresh juices, or custom simple syrups. Any of these add-ins would be refreshing and delicious:
- Blended and strained watermelon juice
- Mango nectar or juice
- Pineapple juice
- Pureed and strained strawberries or raspberries
- Blueberry syrup
- Pomegranate juice
- Lemon juice
- Hibiscus syrup
Frequently asked questions
A non-alcoholic mojito tastes just as tart, fizzy, and refreshing as the classic cocktail. One of the main qualities of a mojito is how refreshing it tastes, and you don’t lose that here. The only flavor you’ll miss out on is the rum.
Mix all of the ingredients (except the sparkling water) together in a pitcher (you can do this the night ahead if you’re looking to save a little time). Top it off with sparkling water when it’s time to serve, then enjoy!
Make sure all of your guests are happy by serving the non-alcoholic mojitos with a bottle of rum, vodka, or tequila on the side. 1 to 1 ½ ounces can be added to each serving.
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- ½ cup tightly packed mint leaves
- 3 tablespoons simple syrup
- ¼ cup lime juice
- 4 ounces sparkling water
- Garnish: fresh mint leaves lime wedges
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint leaves with simple syrup.
- Add lime juice, fill with ice and shake vigorously until chilled, about 30 seconds.
- Strain between two glasses filled with ice and top off with sparkling water.
- Stir, garnish and enjoy immediately!