You only need a few ingredients to make this tasty Virgin Mojito Mocktail. Using fresh Mojito mint and cane sugar will make this refreshing drink a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Our alcohol-free version replaces White Rum with a non-alcoholic substitute and uses cane instead of superfine sugar to bring more flavor into the drink.
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You need a very similar set of ingredients for the non-alcoholic version of a Mojito as you would for the alcoholic version:
- Mint - Mint is the key ingredient in this Virgin Mojito. Too much is better than too little. If you can, get Mojito mint. This species is milder in flavor and also has hints of citrus.
- Lime - Fresh lime juice brings acidity to our drink. Same as for the original, don't use bottled juice, and also not cordial.
- Soda - Chilled soda water adds freshness and carbonation to the mocktail. Highly carbonated and well-chilled club soda works best.
- Sugar - You can use regular sugar, honey, or superfine sugar. My favorite is (raw) cane sugar, as it adds molasses flavor to the drink, which pairs nicely with the non-alcoholic Rum alternative.
- Non-Alcoholic Rum - We replace ordinary Rum 1:1 with an alcohol-free option. We prefer Lyre's White Cane Non-Alcoholic Spirit, a decent imitation of the classic sugarcane spirit.
- Crushed ice - in this case, it works better than cubes. If you don't have crushed ice, you can easily make crushed ice at home.
How to Make a Mojito Mocktail
If you know how to make it, prepping this drink is pretty straightforward:
Step 1: Add cane sugar and lime juice into a cocktail shaker and muddle to dissolve the sugar. Add mint leaves and muddle again but gently this time. Otherwise, the mint leaves will release too many bitter notes making the drink taste unpleasant.
Step 2: Add Lyre's White Cane and ice cubes and shake the drink for about 10 seconds.
Step 3: Fill a Highball glass with crushed ice and mint leaves. Slap or press the mint leaves firmly to make them more fragrant before adding them.
Step 4: Strain the drink into the glass and top it with chilled soda. Add more crushed ice and mint as preferred.
Virgin Mojito Variations
If you don't want to spend money on a non-alcoholic spirit, you can make a non-alcoholic Mojito without Lyre's White Cane. Just follow the exact same steps but leave it out.
If you do this, you can consider replacing the soda water with ginger ale to bring more flavor to the mocktail. I recommend using a low-sugar one, for instance, Q mixers or Schweppes.
If you decide on superfine sugar, that will dissolve much quicker than cane sugar but lacks the molasses kick. As an alternative, Demerara syrup proved to be a great option. It doesn't need to dissolve and packs plenty of molasses flavors.
More Mocktail Recipes
- 1 Muddler
- 1 Citrus Juicer
- 2 oz Lyre's White Cane
- 1 oz Fresh lime juice
- 2 tbsp Cane sugar
- 10-15 Mojito mint leaves plus additional for garnish
- 2-4 oz Chilled club soda
- 1 sprig Mojito Mint (for garnish)
- Add fresh lime juice and cane sugar into a cocktail shaker and muddle until the sugar is almost dissolved. Add mint leaves and muddle again gently. Be careful not to rip the leaves into pieces. A quick and gentle muddle is enough to release the flavor.
- Add Lyre's and ice cubes to the shaker and shake for 10 to 12 seconds.
- Fill a Highball glass with crushed ice and mint leaves. Slap or press the leaves before adding them to release their fragrant aromas.
- Strain the mocktail in the glass and top it with chilled soda water.
- Add more crushed ice and garnish with a sprig of mint.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. Mojito is the name of a Cuban Rum cocktail. A Mocktail, on the other hand, is a general term for non-alcoholic mixed drinks. Mojito Mocktail refers to an alcohol-free version of the classic Mojito recipe.
Like the standard recipe, this drink is made with lime, sugar, mint, and soda. Instead of Rum, we're using a alcohol-free Rum alternative.
No, per definition, a Mojito Mocktail does not contain alcohol. This Mocktail recipe does not include Rum or any other alcoholic ingredient.
The classic Mojito is a Rum cocktail and, therefore, alcoholic. A Mojito Mocktail, on the other hand, is non-alcoholic.
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