For a refreshingly light strawberry mint beverage treat, try this delicious Strawberry Mojito Mocktail Recipe. It is slightly sweet, bubbly, and has the fresh flavors of summer strawberries-- and it is family-friendly!
We love fun drinks at our house. I like to keep them family friendly, and seasonal. This one is a twist on my classic Mojito Mocktail. In the fall we love this Apple Cider Mocktail, In the holiday season my Peppermint White Russian Mocktail, and Cranberry Moscow Mule is always a hit.
Love the idea of an easy summer mocktail? Check out more of my non-alcoholic drinks.
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
- Mocktail Goodness- It is a non-alcoholic drink crafted to taste similar to a cocktail, not a cocktail without the alcohol, which is typically sugar-laden.
- So Easy- Simple preparation leaves time for other summer activities.
- Batch Mix It- You can easily batch this drink to serve at a party!
- Versatile- If you do not have strawberries fresh from the market, use frozen!
- Strawberries - Freshly picked (or from a farm market) is extra good. You can also use frozen strawberries, but thaw them first.
- Mint Leaves - It is essential to use fresh mint, not dried. The leaves muddle and meld with the flavors of the strawberry - just right.
- Lime Wedge - Fresh is best! Don't use store bought lime juice.
- Simple Syrup- This is just sugar and water combined to make a syrup. You can substitute honey, or a sugar substitute like Truvia, or Swerve if you prefer. Just be sure to check out the conversion recommendations on the package.
- Rum Extract - OPTIONAL- If you want that rum taste without alcohol, an extract is a good alternative. However, this ingredient is certainly optional and strawberry mint mocktails are delightful either way.
- Sparkling Water - This is what gives the drink its fizz without adding any additional sweetener. I make my own with a Sodastream (we adore it!), but store bought is fine too. I recommend unflavored as the rest of the drink has enough flavor.
How to Make A Strawberry Mojito
This is an overview of the instructions, be sure to see the recipe card for all the details.
- Add Fruit- Wash, hull (take the stem off), and slice the fresh strawberry. Then place the sliced berry and mint leaves in the glass. Squeeze the fresh lime wedge and toss the lime in the glass.
- Muddle the berries and mint together. Use a muddler to press on the fruit in the glass until the slices are broken down and have released juices. If you don't have a muddle, use the handle end of a wooden spoon
- Add the simple syrup and the rum extract (if using), crushed ice, and sparkling water.
- Stir it all together, garnish the top with a sprig of fresh mint, lime wedge, or a split strawberry! - Gorgeous!
- This recipe calls for simple syrup, you'll want to make this ahead of time. See the notes in the recipe card below.
- If you don't have a muddler, the handle of a wooden spoon works well.
- When you muddle the berries and mint leaves, be rather gentle. The idea is to extract the juices, but not tear them to shreds.
- Seasonal fruits are always the best, but you can use frozen, thaw it first. Try this recipe using peaches or raspberries for a change.
- Batch it- Multiply the ingredients by the number of people you want to serve, and make it all in a pitcher instead of a single glass.
- Make ahead idea- make the muddled mixture and place servings in an ice cube tray and freeze. Then the next time you want a cool and fruity beverage, you can take out a cube, place it in the glass and add the sparkling water! As it melts the flavor is released.
- Pair this delicious drink with Grilled Brie for happy hour, or with Steak Fajitas or Carne Asada for a fiesta! 😉 Honestly, this mocktail goes with just about anything!
For a blended sweeter mixture, check out my Strawberry Mocktail, it incorporates the same flavors, but it's blended and doesn't use sparkling water.
Frequently Asked Questions
A mocktail is the non alcoholic version of a cocktail. But there is an art to it, if you simply leave out the alcohol, you're often left with a sugary drink instead of the balance of flavors a cocktail gives. Find the art of making a Mocktail here.
That is simple to do. If you want to make a large batch of this fizzy beverage, muddle the fruit ahead of time in the bottom of the pitcher. Then add the rum extract and simple syrup. Leave the sparkling water out until the time you wish to serve.
Sure you can. Simply reduce the amount of sparkling water by the amount of liquor you add and skip the extract.
Simple syrup is easy to make up in a hurry. Just heat equal parts water and sugar, stir it until the sugar is melted, cool. It will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Yes, and it is great for a sweeter beverage. Personally, I would skip the sugars if I used a pre-sweetened beverage. But it is up to you how sweet you want it.
Storing and Freezing
This recipe is best served fresh and immediately.
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Strawberry Mojito Mocktail
- 1 Strawberry
- 2-3 fresh mint leaves
- ½ lime wedge
- ½ tablespoon simple syrup or sugar. Syrup blends better.
- 1 ½ teaspoon rum extract optional
- 12 ounces sparkling water
- Add the sliced strawberry and mint leaves to the glass. Squeeze the lime wedge, then add it to the glass.
- Use a muddler to muddle (press) the fruit until it is broken down and juicy.
- Add simple syrup and rum extract (if using). Fill the glass half way with crushed ice. If you don't have crushed ice, ice cubes do just fine.
- Add the sparkling water until the glass is full. Stir well. Garnished with fresh mint and fresh strawberries if desired.
- If you don't have a muddle, you can use the handle end of a wooden spoon. The idea is to mash the fruit and mint.
- The rum extract gives the drink that rum flavor. It can totally be left out and is still delightful!
- Make it a cocktail by adding 1 ½ ounces of white rum, and leave the rum extract out.
- Simple syrup is made by heating equal parts of water and sugar just until the sugar is melted, then chill it. You can use straight sugar if you prefer, or honey, or a sugar substitute sweetener such as Swerve or Truvia. Make sure to use a conversion chart if you opt for a substitute.
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