Summer is here and with it also barbecues, garden parties and picnics. This non-alcoholic strawberry mojito and is a fantastic mocktail full of the typical tangy flavour of a mojito, just totally alcohol and sugar-free! Perfect for large crowds, and small gatherings or just for one!
Why You Will Love This Non-Alcoholic Cocktail
- It’s delicious and healthy
- Strawberries are full of vitamins and minerals which are beneficial to our health. They are a great source of vitamin C, which helps boost our immune system and also works as an antioxidant, helping prevent cancer, support a healthy vision, fight inflammation and contribute to good heart health.
- Similarly, limes are rich on vitamins (A, C, E, K), and minerals like magnesium and potassium. They are good for digestion and skin problems, and help absorb iron. Limes also help prevent kidney stones and help with urinary disorders amongst other health benefits.
- Mint has anti-inflammatory properties too, and is especially helpful when fighting indigestion or nausea. Its antibacterial properties help against acne, and plague in your mouth and teeth. Mint is also a fabulous remedy for common colds and can be used for relieving allergies and asthma.
- This is a no added sugar and no simple syrup recipe, using sugar-free ingredients to keep the calories down without compromising the taste.
- It’s super refreshing
- This strawberry drink is refreshing, light, sweet and tangy at the same time! The perfect combination of flavours for hot sunny days and long summer evenings!
- It doesn’t contain alcohol
- Which makes it suitable for both kids and adults. Organising a birthday party, sport or a family day? This drink will be a great addition to the menu!
- Make a batch or a single portion as needed
- Prepping strawberry mojito mocktail for a crowd or just for one? There are only four ingredients in this recipe, and you can easily scale them up or down as needed! All you need is a jug and glasses (tumblers)!😉
- Make it ahead
- Parts of this mocktail can be made in advance! Just keep it in the fridge or freezer before serving (instructions below).
What Do You Need to Make Strawberry Mojito Mocktail at Home
This strawberry and lime mojito mocktail contains just 4 basic ingredients:
- Fresh ripe strawberries are best for this non-alcoholic cocktail. They are rich on flavour and sweetness. Remove stems and wash them thoroughly before cooking.
- Fresh mint leaves give the drink with the typical aroma and flavour. Make sure you break them well when mixing (muddling) with the strawberries, so that they release maximum flavour.
- Fresh lime for extra tangy taste. Use juice for flavour and slices to garnish.
- Good quality diet lemonade adds a good portion lemony notes and some extra fizz. Use sugar-free option for a less-calorific refreshment. Chill it in the fridge before mixing with the strawberry and mint paste.
- Ice is optional in this recipe. If you like, fill each glass with ⅓ of ice before pouring the mocktail. Alternatively, fill ⅓ of the jug with ice.
Don’t have any fresh strawberries on hand or you want to enjoy this mocktail outside of the summer season? You can swap fresh strawberries for a good quality strawberry conserve!
Lime juice in a bottle will taste just as well as freshly squeezed lime juice.
Missing sugar-free lemonade? Soda water will work in this recipe as well. Just double up on the lime juice.
No mint? Fresh basil leaves will do just fine in this no-alcohol strawberry mojito!
Find details of all swaps in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Good news, you don’t need any special equipment to make this cocktail!
A jug or a glass, muddler (or a wooden spoon) will serve you perfectly well, whilst kitchen knife and chopping board are essential items in every kitchen.
How to Make Strawberry Mojito Without Alcohol?
This super refreshing non-alcoholic drink can be made in 4 easy steps:
- Prepare strawberries, and mint leaves. Crush them using a muddler or the narrow end of a wooden spoon. You can do this directly in a jug, or in a glass.
- Add lime juice and diet lemonade.
- Stir, serve with sliced lime and decorate with mint leaves.
- Enjoy it with some ice!
Here are some ideas on how to make this mocktail with various flavours:
- Raspberry mojito – use raspberries instead of strawberries, they pair nicely with lime and mint too!
- Watermelon – cut it into small dices and remove any seeds before adding to a glass.
- Make it alcoholic - simply add 25-50cl (single or double shot) of white rum, vodka, gin or tequila per serving.
- Just like many other herbs or produce, mint leaves can turn brown if exposed to oxygen for a long period of time. Always add lime juice to help stop this process, especially if making this drink in advance. Adding fresh mint leaves and some fresh lime just before serving means the drink will look very fresh and appetizing.
- Remember to add diet lemonade just before serving, otherwise, all of the bubbles will disappear, and the drink will be completely flat. To serve this drink extra cold, keep the sugar-free lemonade in the fridge before serving.
This mocktail is intended for immediate consumption, however, parts of it can be made ahead.
If you’re making this virgin strawberry mojito in advance, muddle (squash) the berries with mint, and add lime juice. Keep this mixture in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Add diet lemonade and fresh lime and mint leaves just before serving.
This mixture also freezes well. Store it in the freezer until the time when you are ready to serve it. Leave it to defrost (soften) just 10 minutes before serving, add lemonade, fresh lime and mint.
Freezing strawberry mojito can save you loads of time and stress on the day of your party! AND you can also treat yourself with a little bit of this summery drink any time of the year!
Keep it in the freezer for up to 2 months.
All cocktails called ‘mojito’ normally contain alcohol (usually white rum), however, this recipe is an alcohol-free version of a strawberry, lime and lemonade drink (mocktail).
Virgin mojito (mocktail) contains just fruit (in this case strawberries), lime juice and fresh lime, mint, lemonade and ice, which all make it very refreshing and tasty.
Place the strawberries at the bottom of a glass or a jug, add mint leaves and press them with a muddler or the narrow end of a wooden spoon. Press down and twist slightly so that the essential oils and juices release into the glass (jug). Do this for a few times until the fruit and mint mix resembles a mash.
Strawberry mojito has a sweet taste thanks to the strawberries, yet it’s also pleasantly sharp (tart) and tangy thanks to the lime juice and mint. You can adjust the flavour to your liking by adding less/more lime juice.
Whilst both cocktails contain white rum, mojito is a cocktail containing ice cubes or slightly crushed ice, which results in a harsher texture – where you can even see layers if the contents are not mixed in a glass. Mojito is often served with mint. Daiquiri, on the other hand, is a blended mix of fruit, alcohol, and ice with a very smooth and thick texture. It doesn’t usually contain mint.
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📖 The Recipe
Best Non-Alcoholic Strawberry Mojito (Mocktail)
- 1 handful fresh strawberries
- ¼ lime juice only
- 5 fresh mint leaves
- 200 ml diet lemonade chilled
- 1 slice lime
- 3 mint leaves
- ice optional
- Wash and dice the strawberries. Tear mint leaves by hand and add everything into a glass (or jug).
- Crush the berries and mint using a muddler or the narrow end of a wooden spoon. Add lime juice.
- Add diet lemonade, leave to fizz up and stir.
- Serve with a slice of lime, mint leaves and ice (optional).
- Good quality strawberry conserve (preserve) instead of fresh strawberries (1 handful of strawberries = 4 tablespoon of strawberry conserve).
- Lime juice from a bottle for freshly squeezed lime juice (1:1 ratio).
- Add soda water and double the amount of lime juice (or use lime juice and lemon juice; 1:1 ratio) instead of lemonade. Taste and add sweetener if needed. Sugar-free Sprite, 7Up or similar fizzy drinks will also work in this mocktail.
- Fresh basil leaves instead of mint (1:1 ratio).