This virgin mojito mocktail or nojito is a non-alcoholic version of the classic Cuban mojito. It’s the quintessential summer mocktail for the hot summer days, with it’s fresh, minty and citrusy flavour. Keep the ingredients handy in your fridge so you can sip on mocktails all summer long.
Read on ahead to find out how to make a virgin mojito mocktail and what to substitute if you don’t have one of the ingredients.
What ingredients are in a virgin mojito recipe?
- Fresh mint leaves
- Simple sugar syrup: simple syrup is a common ingredient in mocktails. It is made by dissolving equal parts water and sugar and in a small pot over the stovetop till a thick syrup is formed. This syrup can be kept in a bottle for weeks in the fridge. In case simple syrup isn’t available, plain sugar or powdered sugar can be used instead.
- Lime wedges or fresh lime juice: The traditional citrus fruit in a mojito is a lime, but if not available in your part of the world lemon can be used instead. Lemon is sweeter whereas lime is a little bitter so the sugar would need to be adjusted.
- Crushed Ice
- Carbonated water: Such as club soda, seltzer, soda water, or a carbonated drink such as 7-up or Sprite.
How to make a mojito mocktail?
- Start by placing mint leaves, lime juice or lime wedges and sugar in a glass and muddle them together. Muddle means to mush up the ingredients together so they release their flavours. There are specific tools known as muddlers to do this job, otherwise the handle of a wooden spoon or a rolling pin can be used.
- Add crushed ice followed by the sparkling soda water to the mojito, just before serving.
- Garnish with lime slices, and a sprig of mint.
Looking for more summer themed recipes to try. Check out the following:
- Namkeen Lassi (Pakistani salty yoghurt drink)
- Frozen Mint Lemonade (Mint and Lemon Slush)
- Vanilla Pudding Dessert with Strawberries and Caramel
- Aloo Chana Chaat (Vegan potatoes and chickpeas snack)
Virgin Mojito Mocktail
- ½ lime, cut into wedges lemon can be substituted
- 2 tablespoons sugar syrup
- 8 – 10 mint leaves plus more for garnish
- 1 cup ice cubes crushed
- ½ - ¾ cup soda water or sparkling soda
In a medium glass, add lime wedges, mint leaves and sugar. Use a muddler, pestle or the back of a wooden spoon to crush the mint and lime, releasing the mint oils and lime juice.
Fill the glass about ¾ to the top with crushed ice.
Add club soda, and garnish with mint leaves and lime slices.
Serve right away.