This homemade strawberry mint mojito with fresh strawberries is the perfect summer cocktail! It’s refreshing and a little sweet, and even comes with a virgin version.
I have to admit…I love mojitos!
They’re so light and refreshing. It’s hard to find a better cocktail for summer entertaining.
Since I serve them so often, I’m always looking for ways to change up the standard mojito so my friends don’t get bored of the same thing all the time.
This recipe that adds fresh strawberries to the mix is always a big hit.
With both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions, you can even serve them if you have friends who don’t drink.
And it’s pretty enough to make for a baby or bridal shower.
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Here’s your shopping list:
- Fresh produce: mint leaves, strawberries, 1 lime. I like to use organic ingredients to put in drinks so there aren’t any pesticides in the cocktail.
- Sugar – (optional) 1 to 2 teaspoons of white granulated sugar if you want a sweeter drink.
- Soda – club soda
- Liquor – 1.5-ounces of white rum. Be sure to pick a rum with a decent quality for the best flavor.
- Ice – You’ll need enough to fill the glass.
- For weaker mojitos, use 1 ounce of rum. For stronger ones, increase the rum to 2 ounces.
- To make a virgin version, simply eliminate the rum. You can also substitute 7-Up for club soda if you want a sweeter version.
How to make a strawberry mint mojito
Wash the mint leaves. You’ll need 6 per cocktail plus a couple extra for garnish if desired.
Wash the strawberries. You’ll need 2 to 3 strawberries per cocktail. Remove the hulls and slice them.
If you want to add a strawberry to the side of the glass as a garnish, cut a slit in a whole strawberry.
Cut the lime into quarters. You’ll need one quarter for each cocktail.
Place 6 mint leaves and the strawberry slices into a glass. Next, juice 1/4 of a lime into the glass.
Add one to two teaspoons of sugar if you desire a sweeter cocktail.
For extra lime flavor, you can throw the juiced lime into the glass as well. However, sometimes the lime peel can add a bitter flavor to the drink that you don’t want.
Now we need to muddle. This is the most important part of making a mojito.
It causes the mint leaves to release their flavor, allowing it to mix with the strawberries and lime juice.
You’ll need a muddler to do this properly.
The best muddlers are made of wood or bamboo, or have a rubber end. They make it easier to apply the right amount of pressure without damaging the leaves too much.
Push the muddler down onto the mint and strawberries and twist. Repeat 3 or 4 times.
Twisting works better than pounding up and down, which can pulverize the leaves causing a bitter oil to be produced that doesn’t taste very good.
If you do not have a muddler, you can also use the back of a small spoon to mush the ingredients together.
Add the rum and soda
Add the rum to the glass. It’s important to do this before you add the ice so the alcohol doesn’t get watered down.
Next, fill the rest of the glass with ice.
Finally, top off with club soda.
Garnish with mint leaves. Add a whole strawberry to the edge of the glass if desired.
Virgin strawberry mojito recipe
To make a strawberry mojito mocktail, eliminate the rum.
Then you have a few options:
- You can mix the rest of the drink exactly as it is in the recipe, including the sugar.
- To make it sweeter, replace the club soda with 7-Up or Sprite. The added sugar is not needed in this case.
- For a semi-sweet version, use half club soda and half 7-Up. Extra sugar is probably not needed but taste it to see what you like.
How to make a big batch
Unfortunately, I haven’t found a good way to make mojitos in a pitcher. The flavors just don’t come out as well. And I always end up putting more mint and lime juice in each glass which kind of defeats the purpose of making it in a pitcher.
So to make a big batch of mojitos, I get out a bunch of glasses and pre-make the initial part of the drink.
In each glass:
- Muddle the mint, lime juice, strawberries and sugar (if you’re using it)
- Add the rum. If you’re going to be making some with alcohol and some without, you can do this at serving time.
I do this about an hour before people are arriving and then put all the glasses out on the bar.
When it’s time to serve, all you have to do is fill the glass up with ice and pour in the club soda. Or you can make it a self-serve bar and have everyone make their own.
I like to use Bacardi or Appleton.
Yes, you can, but the flavors will not be the same as they would be with rum.
Other drink recipes you will enjoy
- Pomegranate Basil Mojitos
- Strawberry Kiwi Sangria
- Mixed Berry Frozen Margarita
- Blueberry Lemonade Mimosas
- Strawberry Mimosas
Homemade Strawberry Mint Mojito With Fresh Strawberries
- Cocktail glass
- Jigger for measuring
- Measuring spoon
- 6 mint leaves
- 2 strawberries sliced
- ¼ of a fresh lime
- 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar optional
- 1.5 oz white rum
- Club soda
- Add 6 leaves of mint and 2 strawberries to a glass.
- Juice 1/4 of a lime into the glass.
- Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar if you desire a sweeter cocktail.
- Then gently mush the ingredients together 4 or 5 times with a muddler.
- Add 1½ ounces rum to the glass.
- Fill the rest of the glass with ice.
- Top off with club soda.
- Garnish with mint leaves and a strawberry on the rim
- If you don’t have a muddler, the back of a spoon will also work.
- Prepare separate glasses with the mint leaves, strawberries, lime juice, sugar and rum following the directions from above.
- At serving time fill the glasses with ice and club soda.