Craving something alcohol free? Don’t settle for a Sprite on the rocks, or a club soda. Whip up a delicious and refreshing non-alcoholic Mojito (or ‘Nojito’ or Virgin Mojito), instead!

If you want a ‘fancy’ drink but you don’t fancy being drunk, our Virgin Mojito recipe is ideal for pretty much any occasion; beach days, picnics, nights in or even low-key parties. And here's how to make it...

Non-alcoholic Mojito ingredients

non-alcoholic mojito ingredients like sugar, mint and lime

This non-alcoholic Mojito recipe has all the flavours of a classic Cuban Mojito, with the zing of fresh lime juice and fresh mint – but all that’s missing is the rum. So you’ll get all the benefits of this refreshing cocktail drink, just without the alcohol.

Here’s what you’ll need for one of the best mocktails to order at a bar

(Makes 1 cocktail serving)

  • 1 highball glass

  • 1 scoop of crushed ice (shop-bought or homemade)

  • 4 fresh limes cut into lime wedges

  • 20ml (¾ oz) simple sugar syrup

  • 8-12 mint leaves (+ a sprig extra for garnish)

  • A few dashes of soda water (just to top the glass up)

Non-alcoholic Mojito method - 4 easy steps

Mojito cocktail presented on a marble table

Learning how to make a non-alcoholic Mojito couldn't be simpler. Just 4 steps are needed to make this zesty boy, easy stuff! 

Step 1:

Muddle the mint leaves and the lime slices together in the bottom of a highball glass. If you don’t have a highball just use any tall, sturdy glass you can find in your kitchen. It’s always better to use a proper muddler (which you can find in our EBS professional bar kit, among other things), but a wooden spoon is a decent alternative. Just make sure you don’t over-muddle the mint, or else the drink will turn out bitter.

Step 2:

Pour a generous scoop of crushed ice over the muddled mint and fresh limes, leaving a little room at the top of the glass for later. Using crushed ice (not cubed) is the secret to every great non-alcoholic Mojito. Crushed ice has a large surface area, so it’s easier to mix all the ingredients together, and it cools down much faster.

You can buy crushed ice at some supermarkets but if you can’t find it, just make it yourself from ice cubes. Just pop them in a sturdy blender or wrap them in a clean tea towel and crush them with something flat and heavy.

Step 3:

Pour in the sugar syrup. This is a great alternative to cane sugar, the traditional sweetener in the Mojito. This is because the simple syrup blends into the drink much easier, meaning you’ll get all the key flavours in every sip.

It’s especially important for this non-alcoholic Mojito recipe, because you don’t have the flavour of the rum to distract from the lack of sugar.

Step 4:

Stir up all the ingredients with a bar spoon. The great thing about using a proper bar spoon is that it’s got a flat base that scoops up the ingredients, so it all mixes together nicely. You should see plenty of mint from the top to the bottom of the drink – not all sat at the bottom of the glass. Now, top up with soda water

To finish off your non-alcoholic Mojito, put a small scoop of crushed ice on top, and stick a spring of mint in there.

And there you have it, the perfect Virgin Mojito mocktail. Refreshing and simple.

Want to turn this Virgin Mojito recipe into something alcoholic? Here’s our classic Mojito recipe. Or if you feel like learning more about other types of cocktail, take a look at our comprehensive guide to what is a cocktail, here. Fancy staying on the alcohol-free hype? Read all about what is a mocktail and learn about the non-alcoholic ways. 

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