How to Make A Mojito Mocktail

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How To Make A Mojito Mocktail | Want a refreshing non-alcoholic version of the traditional mojito? Try this delicious mojito mocktail recipe made with honey, mint and lime.
How To Make A Mojito Mocktail

In the summer, I am always looking for drinks that are cold and refreshing.

One of my favorites are Mojitos…traditionally a Cuban drink made from rum, lime, mint and cane sugar.

However, since I’m often looking for a non-alcoholic drink that still feels like summer, I came up with this virgin Mojito recipe. Which can easily be converted to a regular Mojito by adding white rum.


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How to Make A Mojito Mocktail
Mojito ingredients

Here’s your shopping list for a virgin Mojito:

  • Limes – Juicing fresh limes tastes best, but pre-made lime juice can work in a pinch
  • Fresh mint – Spearmint gives the strongest mint flavor. If you use other varieties, you may need to use more leaves to get the taste you are going for.
  • Honey – you can also use a traditional simple syrup, but I actually like the taste of the honey and I usually have it in the cupboard
  • Sparkling water – I use club soda, but any type of sparkling water would work. (Not tonic water since it has a more bitter flavor)
  • Ice
  • (optional) white rum – of course, if you prefer the non-virgin version of a Mojito, you can add an ounce of white rum.


  • (optional) juicer – for juicing the lemons
  • measuring spoon
  • muddler* – this is a special drink making tool that is specially made for crushing leaves to bring out the flavor. If you don’t have one (and don’t want to buy one), you can use the back of a spoon to do the same thing. It doesn’t work quite as well, but sometimes you have to make do 🙂
  • tall glass

How To Make A Virgin Mojito

Muddle the limes, lime juice, honey and mint | How to Make A Mojito Mocktail
Muddle the limes, lime juice, honey and mint

The trick to making a good Mojito is the muddling.

Start by putting the honey, lime juice and mint leaves in a tall glass.

Then get out your muddler and push down on the leaves a few times until they are bruised (they should turn a darker green color).

Next, throw in a couple of slices of lime and repeat the muddling process with the limes.

Add some ice and fill the glass with sparkling water.

And you’re ready to enjoy!

Mojito Mocktail

Mojito Mocktail

This virgin Mojito recipe is a refreshing way to serve a non-alcoholic summer drink.
4.75 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 glass


  • 7 or 8 mint leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 or 2 limes
  • ice
  • club soda


  • Add the mint leaves and honey to a tall glass.
  • Squeeze 2 Tablespoons of lime juice from the limes and add it to the glass.
  • Use a muddler or wooden spoon to gently crush the mint leaves while you mix the ingredients.
  • Add a couple of slices of lime into the mix and muddle them as well.
  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • Fill the glass with club soda.
  • Garnish with a lime slice and a couple of mint leaves.  Because of the leaves, it is easiest to drink with a straw.


Note that this drink is not a sweet one...if you want a sweeter version, you can try using sprite instead of club soda, or substitute the honey or simple syrup.
I actually prefer honey than sugar in this mocktail version (it seems to blend with the mint well), but you can use a sugar-based simple syrup if you prefer.
To get the most mint flavor, use Spearmint or Mojito Mint (Mentha x villosa). If you are using standard garden mint, you will probably need to add more leaves to get the same taste.
For an alcoholic version of this drink, add an ounce of white rum before putting in the club soda.

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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This post was originally published on July 14, 2016 but was updated with new content on December 13, 2023.

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