Make this non-alcoholic mojito mocktail

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The mojito is one of the most popular and refreshing cocktails, and this non-alcoholic mojito mocktail is just as enjoyable as the boozy version. 

Hailing from Cuba, a normal mojito includes rum, mint, sugar, lime and soda water. 

And this non-alcoholic mojito mocktail just takes out the rum – still leaving you with a delicious drink which will take you away to the palm-fringed beaches of the Caribbean. 


  • 20g bunch of mint 
  • 3 tbsp golden caster sugar 
  • 150ml fresh lime juice (about 8 limes), plus a few slices of lime to serve 
  • 2 handfuls of ice 
  • 1 litre of chilled soda water 


  1. Pluck the mint leaves and put them in the base of a large jug. 
  2. Sprinkle over the sugar, and then pour the lime juice over too. 
  3. Use the end of a rolling pin (or a wooden spoon) to “muddle” them together, crushing the mint leaves and dissolving the sugar. 
  4. Add some ice cubes, and then pour the chilled soda water over. 
  5. Taste the drink and add more sugar or lime if you wish. 
  6. Serve in tall glasses, adding lime wedges and more ice if required. 

Modify your mojito 

There are a number of tweaks you can make to this virgin mojito recipe, for a different taste. 

Try adding fresh or frozen raspberries for a raspberry mojito. 

Or swap the soda water for bitter lemon, or even elderflower tonic — to get a bit more of a tang from your drink. 

Fun mojito facts 

The first mojito recipe is thought to date to 1932, when it appeared in Sloppy Joe’s Bar Cocktail Manual — a recipe book published by a famous bar in Havana, Cuba. 

The drink was apparently a favourite with American author Ernest Hemmingway, who spent a lot of time on the island. 

You might also enjoy this non-alcoholic Pimm’s substitute.

13 June, 2024