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This tangy lemon mint mocktail is a refreshing, non alcoholic summer drink that everyone will love. Just like a lemon mint mojito mocktail, this drink is made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, mint leaves, simple syrup, honey and topped with club soda for some fizz.
There are lots of creative, fruity summer mocktails to try this summer, such as this lychee mocktail, this watermelon basil mocktail, this sunrise mocktail, this paloma mocktail, this guava mocktail, this passionfruit mojito mocktail, or this strawberry mojito mocktail.
Mocktails are great for serving on their own, or they can be served alongside alcoholic beverages as an option for guests who don’t drink.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It’s refreshing — The combination of fresh lemon juice, subtle mint and fizzy club soda make this an extra refreshing and tangy summer drink.
- It’s easy to make — You don’t need a cocktail shaker for this recipe, and it takes just a few minutes to come together.
- It’s great for a large batch — If you are feeling like a whole pitcher of lemon mint mocktails, this is a great recipe to make in a large batch.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Lemons: Lemons are the star of this mocktail, so only use freshly squeezed lemon juice. Bottled lemon juice will add too much acidity and sour artificial flavor. It is worth the extra effort to freshly squeeze lemons for this recipe!
- Mint: Use fresh mint leaves. There are many types of mint leaves, but any type will work. If you are looking for more of a lemon mojito flavor, then try to use mojito mint leaves if you can find them. Dried mint does not work for this mocktail.
- Honey: Honey adds a bit of sweet flavor that pairs well with the lemon and mint. You can leave this out if you prefer, or replace it with maple syrup or agave syrup for a vegan option.
- Simple Syrup: Simple syrup adds sweetness to balance the sour from the fresh lemons. You can use homemade simple syrup or store bought simple syrup. To make your own homemade simple syrup, heat equal amount of water and granulated sugar on a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved.
- Club Soda: Club soda adds a bit of fizz to the mocktail. You can use sparkling water instead. You can also use tonic water or sprite, but both of these drinks will add a slight flavor compared to the club soda which has a neutral taste.
Here is the equipment you will need to make the lemon mocktail:
- A citrus juicer to juice the fresh lemons.
- A muddler to muddle the mint leaves and simple syrup together.
- Lowball glasses to serve the mocktails in, or a large pitcher if you are making a big batch.
Step By Step Instructions
Step 1: Muddle the fresh mint leaves together with the honey and simple syrup, pressing to release the oils from the mint leaves.
Step 2: Add in a handful of ice, the fresh lemon juice and club soda. Stir gently before serving.
- Muddle the mint leaves gently. Don’t overmuddle or tear the mint leaves when muddling. This can cause bitter flavors to be released from the mint.
- Add a garnish. Elevate this mocktail by adding a garnish, such as a sprig of fresh mint, a lemon wheel or a twist of a lemon peel.
- Make it sour. If you love sour lemon, you may want to make this mocktail even more sour. I prefer to use only 1 oz of simple syrup so this drink is extra tangy.
- Use a flavored simple syrup. If you want to experiment with flavors, replace 1 oz of the regular simple syrup with a flavored simple syrup, such as this strawberry simple syrup, this blueberry simple syrup, this earl grey simple syrup, this blackberry simple syrup or this raspberry simple syrup.
You will need about 2 lemons per mocktail for this recipe. Each lemon yields about 2 oz of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Sure! If you want to add in alcohol, this mocktail would pair well with vodka or gin.
This lemon mocktail is best served fresh, as soon as it is made. That being said, you could make it up to 1 to 2 hours in advance and store it in the fridge. However, don’t add the ice or club soda until you are ready to serve it.