These delicious non-alcoholic strawberry mojito mocktails are easy to make and a refreshing drink option for a hot summer day.
A classic cuban cocktail made with rum, traditional mojitos are a delicious hot-weather drink. This strawberry mocktail recipe (What is a mocktail?) leaves out the rum, and combines fresh mint, lime, and strawberries with homemade strawberry simple syrup and soda water. It's full of fresh ingredients, is light and refreshing, and the perfect drink to easily customize to each person's individual taste.
Michigan strawberries are something special. For 10 months out of the year, the strawberries we get in the grocery stores ripen on a truck as they make their way from warmer climates to the Mitten State.
But for 6-8 glorious weeks in June and July we are treated to fresh, sweet strawberries direct from fields right here on our local farms. My kiddo and I always pick many, MANY pounds of fresh berries and then make all the strawberry things with them, including strawberry syrup, apple and strawberry salsa, strawberry infused vodka, and of course, this delicious mocktail.
The strawberry syrup is easy to make at home, and nothing beats those fresh vine-ripened berries. They add so much amazing, natural sweetness, gorgeous natural color, and the perfect strawberry flavor to syrup and drinks.
There are no zero-proof spirits in this virgin cocktail recipe. Only fresh or homemade ingredients and some fizzy water, making this an easy drink for the summer months.
- Fresh strawberries - The riper and redder, the better!
- Fresh mint leaves - A key mojito ingredient! Fresh mint brings that delicious summer flavor to your mocktail.
- Strawberry syrup - Easy to make at home with only 3 ingredients, make your strawberry simple syrup ahead of time so it can cool before it's time to make your drink. (You can swap the strawberry syrup for traditional simple syrup if you have that on hand and don't want to make any more syrups.)
- Fresh lime - Fresh citrus is much more delicious in your drink than bottled juice, so always squeeze a fresh lime for your mojito. (Plus you'll need fresh lime for garnish!) You'll need about half a lime per mocktail.
- Club soda or Sparkling water - Choose whatever you have on hand for this drink.
How to Make Strawberry Mojito Mocktails
Place strawberry slices in a tall highball glass. Muddle to crush the strawberries.
Add mint leaves.
Gently muddle to release the mint oil.
NOTE: Do not destroy and break up the mint leaves, just bruise them. You should not have small pieces of mint in your drink. Plus breaking the mint up too much can lead to a bitter taste in your mocktail.
Add strawberry syrup and lime juice to the strawberry mixture.
Fill the glass with ice cubes.
Top with club soda or soda water.
Gently stir. Garnish with fresh strawberries, sprigs of mint, and/or lime slices. Enjoy!
Making Homemade Strawberry Syrup
You can easily make strawberry simple syrup at home using either fresh or frozen strawberries. Head over to my homemade strawberry syrup page for the full recipe and instructions.
- Like your drinks on the sweeter side? Add more strawberry syrup to your cocktail, 0.5 oz at a time. Like a more tart mocktail? Squeeze in some extra lime juice!
- Make it a strawberry coconut mojito by swapping out the club soda for coconut water.
- Don't have a muddler? Use the end of a wooden spoon to crush the strawberry slices and bruise the mint.
FAQs and Substitutions
Yes! If frozen is what you have on hand, just thaw them before using them in this cocktail. The syrup can absolutely be made with frozen strawberries.
If you need an alcoholic version of this non-alcoholic drink, you can add 2 oz of white rum along with the strawberry syrup when making it.