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Simple Lemon Mojito Mocktail

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
ingredients for a lemon mojito mocktail displayed - sliced lemons, soda, sugar, ice, and mint
lemon mojito mocktail ingredients

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.

Juicing lemons into a glass for a lemon mojito mocktail
juice the lemons

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.

Sugar and mint added to the glass surrounded by lemons for the lemon mojito mocktail
Add your sugar and mint to the glass and muddle

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.

Adding lemon juice to the  glass for a lemon mojito mocktail
add lemon juice to your lemon mojito mocktail glass

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

  • Citrus Variations: Instead of lemons, try using limes for a classic mojito taste, or oranges for a sweeter twist. You could even mix different citrus fruits for a unique flavor.
  • Sweetener Substitutions: Replace sugar with other sweeteners like honey, agave syrup, or stevia for a different taste or to accommodate dietary preferences.
  • Herbal Twists: While mint is traditional, other herbs like basil, rosemary, or thyme can offer an interesting twist on the classic mojito flavor.
  • Soda Options: Instead of sparkling water, you could use flavored seltzer, ginger ale, or even non-alcoholic ginger beer for an added kick.
  • Fruit Infusions: Add fresh berries (like strawberries or raspberries), cucumber slices, or tropical fruits (like pineapple or mango) for a fruitier version.
  • Spice It Up: For a spicy version, muddle a small piece of jalapeño or ginger with the mint leaves.
  • Mocktail Floats: Add a scoop of lemon or lime sorbet to the mocktail for a refreshing and dessert-like variation.
  • Frozen Version: Blend the ingredients with ice for a slushy, frozen mocktail.
  • Non-Sparkling Variations: For a still version, use chilled water or coconut water instead of sparkling water or soda.
  • Non-Alcoholic Liquors: If you want to replicate more of the “kick” of the alcoholic version, add 2 oz of non-alcoholic white rum like Lyre’s.
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Lemon Mojito Mocktail FAQs

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Simple Lemon Mojito Mocktail

This refreshing, simple mocktail recipe uses four ingredients: lemon, sugar, soda or seltzer, and fresh mint. There are multiple variations for this Lemon Mojito Mocktail. It's perfect for summer or springtime parties! Make in individual or big batches.
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Course: Drinks
Keyword: lemon, mint, Mocktails, non-alcoholic mojito
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Alicia Gilbert

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Ingredients

  • 2 lemons
  • 10-12 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 cups seltzer or soda

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

Don’t be afraid to experiment with this one using any of the variations and substitutes. If you make it, please rate and review and let me know how it came out!
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