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This strawberry mojito mocktail is the most refreshing summer drink! It’s packed with bold and powerful strawberry flavor and a hint of mint. This virgin mocktail will be a hit at any summer barbecues.
Non alcoholic mocktails are always a great idea for big get-togethers.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This mojito mocktail is made with homemade strawberry simple syrup. The strawberry simple syrup is made with real strawberries, giving this drink a bold & powerful strawberry flavor without any artificial ingredients
- This is a refreshing drink that is perfect for kids as well as any adults who don’t drink.
- It’s easy to make for a large group or just one or two drinks at a time.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Strawberries: You can use fresh or frozen strawberries to make the strawberry syrup. If strawberries are in season, use fresh strawberries, otherwise frozen ones will be a cheaper option. If using frozen strawberries, you don’t need to let them thaw before using them.
- Sugar & Water: Granulated sugar and water are used to make the strawberry syrup. Sometimes you can substitute brown sugar for granulated sugar in simple syrup recipes, but I wouldn’t recommend it for this recipe as it will affect the flavor too much.
- Mint: Use fresh mint leaves. Dried mint will not work for mojito recipes. There are many types of mint plants. If you can find it, use mojito mint, which will give the most authentic mojito flavor. Sometimes it is easiest to find mojito mint plants at a gardening store.
- Lime Juice: Just like for regular mojitos, freshly squeezed lime juice makes a huge difference in the quality of the drink. The recipe will still work with bottled lime juice, but fresh lime juice gives an overall brighter taste.
- Club Soda: Club soda gives the most neutral flavor. However, you can also use tonic water, 7up or Sprite instead which will give a sweeter, lime flavor.
Here is the equipment you will need to make the virgin strawberry mojito:
- A small saucepan to cook the strawberry simple syrup in, and a fine mesh strainer to strain out the strawberry chunks.
- A glass mason jar to store any leftover strawberry syrup.
- A muddler to muddle the lime and mint together.
- Collins glasses to serve the mojitos in as well as cocktail picks to add some garnish.
Step By Step Instructions
Step 1: Heat the strawberries, sugar and water in a saucepan together over medium heat. Use a fork to break up the strawberries. Continue to heat for 5 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved. Don’t let the syrup boil.
Step 2: Remove the strawberry syrup from the stovetop and pass the syrup through a fine mesh sieve, leaving a smooth syrup. Let the syrup cool to room temperature.
Step 3: In a Collins glass, muddle the lime juice and mint leaves together.
Step 4: Add a handful of ice to the Collins glass. Top with club soda and the strawberry syrup. Gently stir to combine.
- Strawberry Blueberry Mojito Mocktail: Replace half of the strawberry simple syrup with this blueberry simple syrup.
- Strawberry Raspberry Mojito Mocktail: Replace half of the strawberry simple syrup with this raspberry simple syrup.
- Strawberry Basil Mocktail: Replace half of the strawberry simple syrup with this basil simple syrup.
- Strawberry Lemonade Mocktail: Replace half or all of the club soda with lemonade.
Storing Strawberry Syrup
If you are only making one or two mocktails, you will be left with some extra strawberry syrup. You can store the syrup in either the fridge or freezer, depending on how soon you plan to use it up.
Let the leftover syrup cool to room temperature. Transfer it to an airtight glass container and store it in the fridge for up to 1 to 2 weeks.
Make sure to use a glass container as plastic containers can sometimes add odd flavors into the syrup.
Stir the syrup well before using it in any drinks.
You can also freeze the syrup in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 to 3 months.
Make sure to leave extra space in the jar to allow the syrup to expand as it freezes.
You can also freeze the syrup in an ice cube tray for smaller proportions. Once frozen, transfer the frozen strawberry ice cubes to a freezer-safe Ziploc bag.
Before using, let the syrup thaw overnight in the fridge.
Using Leftover Ingredients
You can either make more strawberry mojito mocktails with leftover ingredients, or try another drink recipe.
For non-alcoholic recipes using strawberry syrup, try making this homemade strawberry bubble tea. Or, read the full strawberry syrup recipe for instructions on how to use the syrup to make strawberry soda or strawberry lemonade.
If you have leftover fresh strawberries, you can also make this breakfast strawberry bellini (use non-alcoholic sparkling wine for an alcohol-free version).
- Don’t boil the syrup. When making the strawberry syrup, adjust the temperature to make sure the syrup doesn’t boil. Boiling the syrup can result in a syrup that is thick and sticky.
- Add some garnish. Garnish ideas for this strawberry mocktail include a slice of lime, or a twist of lime peel, strawberry slices and a sprig of fresh mint leaves.
- Add the syrup last. Adding the syrup after all the other ingredients helps it mix more smoothly into the mojito. Otherise, it can seep too much into the mint leaves at the bottom of the glass.
- Muddle gently. Use the muddler to gently press down on the mint leaves. Don’t press so hard that the mint leaves tear.
- Make a batch of syrup in advance. If you are planning to serve this mocktail to a bunch of guests at a party, make a large back of strawberry syrup in advance to save time preparing the mocktails.
You can replace the homemade strawberry syrup with a store bought strawberry syrup, but store bought syrups will add a slightly artificial flavor.
Yes. To make this a regular strawberry mojito, add in 1 to 1 ½ oz of white rum.
The recipe will make 4 oz of strawberry syrup — this is enough for 4 strawberry mocktails.