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The Virgin Mojito is one of the most famous mocktails around and there is a good reason for it. This refreshing and low-calorie non-alcoholic cocktail is all about summer vibes. The mojito will transport you to warm nights in Miami or better yet, Havana! It’s also quite simple to make, you’ll only need a few ingredients including fresh mint, lime juice, sugar and club soda. Our thirst-quenching non-alcoholic mojito recipe is a virgin variation of the classic Cuban cocktail that is made by using white rum. While you can always make this without a non-alcoholic spirit we absolutely recommend adding it since it will elevate your mojito mocktail to the next level.
Ready to make the best non-alcoholic mojito recipe? Let’s get started!
Non-Alcoholic Mojito ingredients
For the best virgin mojito, you’ll want to use the freshest ingredients and a non-alcoholic rum that suits you best. In this classic recipe, we suggest using Bax Botanics Lemon Verbena or Seedlip Garden since the herbal notes of these non-alcoholic spirits compliment the mint wonderfully.
- 2 oz Bax Botanics Lemon Verbena or Seedlip Garden (feel free to swap for another favorite non-alcoholic white rum like Lyre’s White Cane spirit.
- 1.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 teaspoon of Demerara sugar or brown sugar (if you like it sweeter feel free to add more)
- 10-12 fresh mint leaves
- Club soda or sparkling water to top
- Cubed ice
- Lime wedges or wheels, for garnish
How to make a virgin mojito?
The process to make a non-alcoholic Mojito is quite easy but it does require a bit of love and labor in the most important step, muddling your mint. Follow these steps to get the best mojito mocktail:
Gently muddle the mint leaves with the sugar and lime juice in a tall glass until the leaves are fragrant and slightly crushed.
Fill the glass to the top with cubed ice. The ice will play an important role, using cubed ice will stop quick dilution and avoid a watered-down cocktail.
Pour 2 oz of your non-alcoholic rum or spirit over the ice.
Top the glass with club soda or sparkling water and give it a quick stir to mix all the ingredients together.
Garnish with a lime wedge or a couple of lime wheels and don’t forget to put a sprig of fresh mint on top.
Serve and enjoy your delightful non-alcoholic mojito mocktail!
Don’t be scared to play with the ratios. As mentioned, for a sweeter drink, add more sugar to the taste. Additionally, you can adjust the amount of non-alcoholic spirit or club soda to your liking, depending on how “strong” you want the drink to be.
Pro Tip: Add All the Bitter’s alcohol-free Orange Bitters to increase the overall flavor and sophistication of your non-alcoholic mojito.
Looking for a twist to your alcohol-free mojito? Find more options at the bottom of this article.
How to choose Non-Alcoholic Rum for a Virgin Mojito?
When it comes to making a virgin mojito for yourself or your guests, choosing the right non-alcoholic rum is key. White rum is used in the classic mojito recipe but other botanical non-alcoholic spirits offer great flavor. Here is the No & Low selection with top non-alcoholic and alcohol-free rums and spirits to consider.
Lyre’s White Cane: a great white rum alternative made for non-alcoholic cocktails like the mojito. You can expect generous flavors of oak, sugar cane, marzipan, orange and coconut to shine through.
Caleno Light & Zesty: this unique spirit inspired by Colombia is the perfect alternative to bring a tropical twist to your mojito. You will taste the vibrant flavors of pineapple, papaya, green cardamom and Inca berry. This is a must-try!
Bax Botanics Lemon Verbena: will offer your virgin mojito a bright and refreshing herbal flavor with subtle citrus undertones. The botanical profile in Bax Botanics is the perfect pair for the minty mojito.
Seedlip Garden 108: similar to Bax Botanics, Seedlip offers a wonderful and even more interesting herbal-forward flavor experience. This light-bodied spirit comes with countryside ingredients like green peas, hay, thyme, and rosemary.
Caleno Dark & Spicy: replacing the white rum with a dark rum adds a lot of flavor to your mojito. You can use Caleno’s Dark & Spicy to amp up the taste of your non-alcoholic mojito. Expect strong tropical flavors like pineapple, coconut, vanilla, ginger and kola nut.
Impress your friends with more virgin mojito options
The classic mojito is hard to beat but we’ve included some more recipes below that offer a twist or just make it easier to make.
Easy Mojito: Looking for an even easier way to make your mojito? After muddling your mint, lime and sugar instead of adding a non-alcoholic spirit and club soda just top up your glass with Bax Botanics Lemon Verbena & Tonic. This ready-to-drink can is perfect for whipping up a quick and tasty mojito.
Virgin Pineapple Mojito: How do you make a mojito even better suited for the summer weather? Add pineapple and a tropical non-alcoholic spirit like Caleno. For this mojito, you’ll need to add 2 oz of pineapple juice and instead of sugar, you can use 3/4 oz of agave syrup. Use either Caleno Light & Zesty or Caleno Dark & Spicy as your non-alcoholic spirit base. Garnish with a chunk of pineapple if you have it.
Virgin Strawberry Mojito: In Step 1, add three or four fresh strawberries and gently muddle them with the rest of the ingredients. Instead of adding club soda, you can use flavored sparkling water, strawberry would be best but other flavors like raspberry also work great.
- Virgin Watermelon Mojito: In Step 1, add a handful of chopped seedless watermelon and gently muddle it with the rest of your ingredients. It doesn’t get more refreshing than the non-alcoholic watermelon mojito.
This virgin mojito recipe is sure to be a hit at your next gathering. Exploring different brands and options will take it to the next level, so let your originality speak and have fun!
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