In the spring and summertime, one of the most refreshing drinks is the classic mojito. This non-alcohol mojito recipe reminds me of the lemon mint drinks I used to have when I lived in the UAE.
It’s simple to make (although the fresh juicing can be a bit of an arm workout), and there are numerous variations you can try to make it your own.
For this recipe, you’ll need a few basic ingredients:
- 2 lemons
- 10-12 fresh mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 2 cups of sparkling water or soda water
- Ice cubes
- Lemon slices and mint sprigs for garnish
How to Make a Lemon Mojito Mocktail
Step 1: Start by juicing the lemons. Cut them in half and squeeze out the juice into a small bowl. Set aside. If you have a juicer, you can use that too, but it’s not necessary.
Step 2: In a cocktail shaker or tall glass, add the mint and sugar. Use a muddler or heavy spoon to muddle (smush) the mint and sugar together in the bottom of the glass to mix their flavors and release the mint flavor.
The amount of mint you use is entirely to your preference.
Step 3: Add the freshly squeezed lemon juice to the cocktail shaker or glass. Stir well to dissolve the sugar and mix the flavors. Fill a serving glass with ice cubes.
Step 4: Pour the mint and lemon mixture over the ice into your serving glass (if using a different glass – if not, pour it into the one you’ve been using).
Step 5: Top the glass with sparkling water or soda filling it to the brim (unflavored or flavored). Stir gently to combine all the ingredients. Garnish the mocktail with a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint.
Note: If using sweetened soda instead of soda water, adjust the amount of sugar so that you don’t have an overly sweet mojito.
Lemon Mojito Mocktail Substitutions and Variations
Lemon Mojito Mocktail FAQs
Can I make this mocktail in advance?
Yes, you can prepare the mint and lemon mixture ahead of time. However, add the sparkling water or soda just before serving to ensure the drink remains fizzy.
How can I make this recipe sugar-free?
You can use a sugar substitute like stevia or erythritol. Alternatively, omit the sugar entirely for a more tart flavor.
Is there a non-citrus alternative for lemons?
If you want to avoid citrus, you could try using cucumber or watermelon for a refreshing taste without the tartness of citrus.
What’s the best way to muddle mint without a muddler?
You can use the back of a spoon or a rolling pin to gently press the mint leaves against the glass to release their flavor.
Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh lemons?
Fresh lemon juice is preferred for the best flavor, but you can use bottled lemon juice in a pinch. Note that the taste may be slightly different.
How can I make this mocktail for a large group?
Multiply the ingredients based on the number of servings you need. Mix everything except the ice and soda in a large pitcher, then add these just before serving.
How long does this mocktail stay fresh?
It’s best consumed immediately, but you can store the lemon and mint mixture in the refrigerator for up to a day.
Can I use dried mint instead of fresh?
Fresh mint is recommended for the best flavor and aroma. Dried mint won’t provide the same freshness. I would avoid it.
Simple Lemon Mojito Mocktail
- 2 lemons
- 10-12 fresh mint leaves
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 cups seltzer or soda
- Start by juicing the lemons. Cut them in half and squeeze out the juice into a small bowl. Set aside
- In a cocktail shaker or a tall glass, muddle the mint leaves and sugar together. This will release the mint's flavour and combine it with the sweetness of the sugar
- Add the freshly squeezed lemon juice to the cocktail shaker or glass. Stir well to dissolve the sugar and mix the flavors.
- Fill serving glass with ice cubes.
- Pour the mint and lemon mixture over the ice.
- Top the glass with sparkling water or soda filling it to the brim. Stir gently to combine all the ingredients.
- Garnish with a fresh lemon wedge and mint leaf (optional).
- Serve immediately.