Virgin Mojito Cocktail Drink

Virgin Mojito

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Try our Virgin Mojito recipe for a straightforward drink, which provides all the necessary ingredients. It’s easy to make, presenting a classic cocktail feel.

Virgin Mojito Mocktail Recipe

This Virgin Mojito recipe includes lime juice, sparkling soda, and fresh mint - a tasty cocktail in the summer.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

43 kl

Ingredients

  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 3 lime wedges, from ½ lime
  • 2 barspoons white sugar, or to taste
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 4 oz club soda
  • Mint sprig

Equipment

  • Tall Glass
  • Muddler
  • Bar spoon
  • Stirrer

Instructions

  • Muddle Mint and Lime: Muddle 10 fresh mint leaves and 3 lime wedges in your tall glass. This releases the oils from the mint and the juice from the lime.
  • Add Sugar: Add 2 barspoons white sugar to the mix.
  • Ice it: Fill the glass nearly to the top with 1 cup crushed ice.
  • Top with Club Soda: Pour 4 oz club soda into the glass.
  • Stir: Mix everything with a stirrer.
  • Garnish: Add more crushed ice and garnish with a lime wedge and a mint sprig.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Mint Leaves: I sometimes use a splash of mint syrup when I run out of fresh mint leaves. It gives a nice minty flavor, but remember to reduce the sugar since the syrup is already sweet.
  • White Sugar: Honey or agave nectar can be great alternatives for a more natural sweetness. Adjust to taste!
  • Club Soda: If I don't have club soda, sparkling water, or any clear carbonated drink can do the trick.

Making a Pitcher of Virgin Mojito:

  • Scale: To prepare a pitcher serving 8, I typically multiply all ingredients by 8. So that's 80 mint leaves, 4 limes cut into wedges, 16 barspoons of white sugar, and about 32 oz of club soda.
  • Mix: Muddle the mint leaves, lime, and sugar in a large pitcher. Add the club soda and stir gently.
  • Serve: Distribute the mixture among the serving glasses, add crushed ice, garnish, and enjoy instantly.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

Good news! The Virgin Mojito is already a non-alcoholic drink. Follow the main recipe, and you're set for a refreshing, non-alcoholic treat.

Making it Vegan:

The primary recipe is already vegan-friendly. However, substituting the white sugar ensures the alternative sweetener is vegan. For instance, some honey causes harm to bees. Agave nectar is a popular vegan alternative that works seamlessly with this drink.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
43
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
37
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
12
g
4
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
9
g
10
%
Potassium
 
39
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.3
g
1
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.02
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
38
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
10
mg
12
%
Calcium
 
25
mg
3
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%

 

Virgin Mojito Cocktail Drink

Virgin Mojito Mocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This Virgin Mojito recipe includes lime juice, sparkling soda, and fresh mint - a tasty cocktail in the summer.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 43

Ingredients
 

  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 3 lime wedges - from ½ lime
  • 2 barspoons white sugar - or to taste
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 4 oz club soda
  • Mint sprig

Equipment

  • Tall Glass
  • Muddler
  • Bar spoon
  • Stirrer

Instructions

  • Muddle Mint and Lime: Muddle 10 fresh mint leaves and 3 lime wedges in your tall glass. This releases the oils from the mint and the juice from the lime.
  • Add Sugar: Add 2 barspoons white sugar to the mix.
  • Ice it: Fill the glass nearly to the top with 1 cup crushed ice.
  • Top with Club Soda: Pour 4 oz club soda into the glass.
  • Stir: Mix everything with a stirrer.
  • Garnish: Add more crushed ice and garnish with a lime wedge and a mint sprig.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Mint Leaves: I sometimes use a splash of mint syrup when I run out of fresh mint leaves. It gives a nice minty flavor, but remember to reduce the sugar since the syrup is already sweet.
  • White Sugar: Honey or agave nectar can be great alternatives for a more natural sweetness. Adjust to taste!
  • Club Soda: If I don't have club soda, sparkling water, or any clear carbonated drink can do the trick.

Making a Pitcher of Virgin Mojito:

  • Scale: To prepare a pitcher serving 8, I typically multiply all ingredients by 8. So that's 80 mint leaves, 4 limes cut into wedges, 16 barspoons of white sugar, and about 32 oz of club soda.
  • Mix: Muddle the mint leaves, lime, and sugar in a large pitcher. Add the club soda and stir gently.
  • Serve: Distribute the mixture among the serving glasses, add crushed ice, garnish, and enjoy instantly.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

Good news! The Virgin Mojito is already a non-alcoholic drink. Follow the main recipe, and you're set for a refreshing, non-alcoholic treat.

Making it Vegan:

The primary recipe is already vegan-friendly. However, substituting the white sugar ensures the alternative sweetener is vegan. For instance, some honey causes harm to bees. Agave nectar is a popular vegan alternative that works seamlessly with this drink.

What is a Virgin Mojito?

A Virgin Mojito is a non-alcoholic version of the classic Mojito cocktail, swapping out rum for additional club soda or sparkling water. With a foundation of fresh mint, lime, and sugar, this drink offers the same refreshing qualities as its alcoholic counterpart. People love the Virgin Mojito for its crisp and refreshing taste, ensuring you get the essence of the classic without the alcohol.

A side shot of a Virgin Mojito in a highball glass on a wooden tray, with sugar cubes, limes and mint leaves around, placed on beige cloth

What is a Virgin Mojito made of – The ingredients

Prepare the following ingredients to start making your Virgin Mojito:

  • Mint leaves: Add freshness and a cool, crisp flavor.
  • Lime juice: Provides acidity and tanginess, balancing the sweetness.
  • Sugar: Sweetens the drink.
  • Soda water: Adds fizz and dilutes the drink to the right consistency.
  • Ice cubes: Keep the drink cold.

Club soda, sugar, limes and mint leaves laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Virgin Mojito?

Join our simple guide to make your own Virgin Mojito:

1
<p>Start by selecting fresh mint leaves, wash them thoroughly and add them to the chosen glass.</p>

Start by selecting fresh mint leaves, wash them thoroughly and add them to the chosen glass.

2
<p>Slice a lime into 8 wedges and add three to the glass.</p>

Slice a lime into 8 wedges and add three to the glass.

3
<p>Using a muddler or the back of a spoon, gently press the mint leaves and lime wedges together to release the flavors.</p>

Using a muddler or the back of a spoon, gently press the mint leaves and lime wedges together to release the flavors.

4
<p>Pour in two barspoons of white sugar or adjust to your preferred sweetness.</p>

Pour in two barspoons of white sugar or adjust to your preferred sweetness.

5
<p>Fill the glass nearly to the top with crushed ice.</p>

Fill the glass nearly to the top with crushed ice.

6
<p>Pour club soda or sparkling water over the ice.</p>

Pour club soda or sparkling water over the ice.

7
<p>Stir the mixture to combine all the ingredients.</p>

Stir the mixture to combine all the ingredients.

8
<p>Add crushed ice.</p>

Add crushed ice.

9
<p>Garnish the drink with additional lime wedges and a sprig of fresh mint.</p>

Garnish the drink with additional lime wedges and a sprig of fresh mint.

10
<p>Enjoy your Virgin Mojito!</p>

Enjoy your Virgin Mojito!

What’s the pronunciation of Virgin Mojito?

It’s pronounced “mo-HEE-toh.” The “j” in Spanish gives off an “h” sound, so you’ll want to emphasize that soft “h” when saying it out loud. Getting the name right makes ordering smoother and adds an authentic touch to your drink discussions. Next time you’re chatting about this refreshing beverage, you can impress with your drink choice and pronunciation prowess.

Can I use Sprite for a Virgin Mojito?

In the world of Virgin Mojitos, using Sprite can be a game-changer. Sprite, a lemon-lime flavored soda from the Coca-Cola Company, provides both the sweetness and effervescence traditionally achieved with sugar and club soda. Another option is 7-Up, a similar soda from the PepsiCo family. Both brands offer that zesty kick, but Sierra Mist, with its natural flavors, often stands out if you’re looking for a crisper taste. Personally, for a Virgin Mojito with a distinct, refreshing edge, Sprite usually takes the top spot. It perfectly complements the mint and lime, rounding out the drink’s iconic flavor.

A side shot of a Virgin Mojito in a highball glass on a wooden tray, with sugar cubes, limes and mint leaves around, placed on beige cloth

Is Mocktail and Virgin Mojito the same thing?

Virgin Mojito and a Mocktail Mojito stand as delicious non-alcoholic alternatives to the classic Mojito, but there’s a nuance to consider. A Virgin Mojito strictly sticks to the original Mojito recipe without alcohol. You get the mint, lime, sugar, and soda, with rum being the only omission. On the flip side, a Mocktail Mojito can be more flexible. It starts with the basic idea of a Mojito but can venture into creative twists, incorporating ingredients like ginger, berries, or even coconut water. So, while the Virgin Mojito stays true to tradition, the Mocktail Mojito revels in its freedom to experiment.

Do I use Syrup for a Virgin Mojito?

For the Virgin Mojito, syrup plays an important role. The bridge seamlessly melds the tang of lime with the fresh burst of mint. Most commonly, simple syrup, a basic mix of sugar and water, is the go-to for this drink. It’s transparent, neutral, and effortlessly integrates into the drink, delivering that desired sweetness. Agave or maple syrup can add a unique twist for those looking to shake things up. They introduce subtle notes of caramel or earthiness that can elevate the Virgin Mojito experience. While the choice of syrup might seem minor, these details craft the perfect sip every time.

A Virgin Mojito, shot from above, in a highball glass on a wooden tray, with sugar cubes, a lime slice and mint leaves around, placed on beige cloth.

Virgin Mojito Variations

Want a different version? Try one of our recommended variations:

  • Strawberry Virgin Mojito: This refreshing mix infuses ripe strawberries, blending tangy and sweet flavors for a vibrant twist. The strawberries add a juicy, fresh element that I find irresistible, especially on a hot day.
  • Blueberry Mint Mojito: Fresh blueberries and mint combine to offer a delightful berry undertone with a refreshing kick. The contrast between the sweet blueberries and the cool mint creates a uniquely satisfying taste.
  • Cucumber Mint Mojito: Thin slices of cucumber enhance this concoction with a crisp, hydrating edge, making it perfect for sweltering days. The cucumber’s freshness elevates the mint’s cooling effect, providing a thirst-quenching experience.
  • Pineapple Mojito: Chunks of pineapple bring a tropical sweetness that evokes island vibes, adding a juicy, vibrant twist. The pineapple’s natural sweetness pairs beautifully with the mint, offering a taste of the tropics.
  • Raspberry Lime Mojito: Tart raspberries and zesty lime come together to elevate the traditional mojito with a bright, tangy flavor. This combination introduces a tart brightness that refreshes and delights the palate.
  • Ginger Mojito: Freshly grated ginger adds a warm, spicy kick, creating an invigorating and refreshing experience. The ginger’s spice contrasts nicely with the mint, offering a zesty, energizing flavor that I particularly enjoy.
  • Coconut Mojito: Coconut water replaces club soda, giving the drink a creamy texture and a taste reminiscent of sandy beaches. The coconut’s subtle sweetness and creamy texture make this a uniquely tropical and refreshing choice.
  • Rose Mojito: A splash of rose water adds an aromatic floral note, introducing a touch of elegance. The rose water’s fragrance enhances the sensory experience, making each sip feel like a luxurious escape.
  • Pomegranate Mojito: Pomegranate seeds and juice blend effortlessly, lending a ruby-hued visual appeal and a burst of antioxidant-rich sweetness. The pomegranate adds a juicy, tart flavor that complements the mint perfectly.
  • Watermelon Mojito: Muddled watermelon chunks capture the essence of summer, especially when paired with lime’s tang. The watermelon’s sweetness and refreshing quality make this a perfect choice for hot weather sipping.
  • Blackberry Basil Mojito: Blackberries and a hint of basil create a harmonious blend of herbaceous and fruity notes. The basil adds a fresh, aromatic twist to the sweet and tart blackberries, offering a complex flavor profile.
  • Cherry Mojito: Fresh cherries muddled into the mix offer a deep, sweet contrast to the zesty lime. The cherries provide a rich, fruity depth that balances the mint’s freshness, creating a deliciously complex flavor.
  • Lavender Mojito: A hint of lavender syrup uplifts the aroma, bestowing a sophisticated, calming profile. The lavender’s subtle floral notes make this drink a soothing, aromatic treat that’s perfect for unwinding.
  • Mango Mojito: Ripe mango pulp features prominently, making this twist undeniably luscious and complementing the tang of the lime flawlessly. The mango’s rich, tropical sweetness pairs wonderfully with the mint, creating a drink that’s both refreshing and indulgent.

A Virgin Mojito, shot from above, in a highball on a white marmol table with a club soda bottle, sugar, limes and mint leaves around.

History and Origin of the Virgin Mojito

The Virgin Mojito, as the name suggests, is a non-alcoholic take on the classic Mojito cocktail. To understand its origin, we need to trace back to the roots of the original Mojito.

The Mojito hails from Cuba, where its history intertwines with tales of old sea pirates, indigenous tribes, and colonial-era mixology. Local indigenous groups in the region used ingredients like mint, lime, and sugarcane juice for medicinal purposes. The combination helped treat dysentery and tropical illnesses, especially among sailors and European settlers.

As rum production took off in the Caribbean, particularly in Cuba, the island’s residents began mixing this locally produced spirit with the indigenous drink. By the time the 20th century arrived, the Mojito had evolved into a popular cocktail, especially in Havana, where it became a favorite of many, including the famed writer Ernest Hemingway.

The transition to the Virgin Mojito seems to have been a natural evolution in response to the growing demand for non-alcoholic beverages. As global cocktail culture expanded, so did the desire for inclusive drink options that cater to those abstaining from alcohol, whether for personal, religious, or health reasons.

Hence, bars and restaurants began offering the Virgin Mojito as a flavorful and refreshing alternative to its rum-laden counterpart. The drink retained the essence of the original with its mint, lime, and sugar components but omitted the rum, resulting in a beverage that appeals to a wider audience.

 

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FAQ

How many calories does a standard Virgin Mojito have?
A standard Virgin Mojito typically contains between 70 to 100 calories, depending on the amount of sugar used.
How strong is a Virgin Mojito in terms of ABV and proof?
A Virgin Mojito contains 0% ABV and 0 proof since it's a non-alcoholic beverage.
What type of alcohol is used in a Virgin Mojito?
None. The Virgin Mojito is a non-alcoholic version of the classic Mojito.
In which type of glass is a Virgin Mojito typically served?
It's commonly served in a tall glass or a highball glass.
What does a Virgin Mojito taste like?
It offers a refreshing blend of sweet, tangy, and minty flavors.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Virgin Mojito?
Generally, a Virgin Mojito follows a ratio of half lime, white sugar to taste, 8-12 mint leaves and soda water.
How is the Virgin Mojito served in terms of ice?
The Virgin Mojito is usually served over ice, often crushed.
What's the primary purpose of the mint in a Virgin Mojito?
Mint adds a refreshing and aromatic quality to the drink, enhancing its flavor profile.
Can you make a Virgin Mojito without sugar?
You can use alternative sweeteners like honey, agave, or even artificial sweeteners to match your preference.

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