How to Make a Virgin Mojito: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Make a Virgin Mojito: 10 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Make a Virgin Mojito: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

Treat yourself to the complex and refreshing blend of mint, citrus and sugar with this drink that is guaranteed to break the summer heat. Even without the rum, this Cuban classic is packed with flavor. Keep reading to learn how to make a traditional version (minus the alcohol), or try a different take on the drink that introduces new flavors with fruit juices.




  • mint leaves
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • sugar syrup
  • 30 ml fresh lime juice
  • crushed ice


Method 1 of 2: Bruising mint leaves for a mojito

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Step 1. Have a tool, such as a muddler

Unless you're a bartender, you probably don't have a muddler laying around, but crushing mint is an essential part of a good mojito. If you don't have a muddler, you can improvise with a wooden spoon or even use the handle of a rolling pin.

If you do have a muddler, make sure it is made of unfinished wood. Anything lacquered or varnished will eventually wear off and the varnish will end up in your drinks

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Step 2. Place the coin in a thick, sturdy glass that will not break easily

You can also add the sugar already, as its rough texture can help bruise the mint. Make sure the glass you use isn't too thin or delicate, or it could break during bruising.

  • Be sure to remove the leaves from the stems, as the latter will give the drink a bitter taste.
  • Spearmint is the type of mint most commonly used in a mojito, but you can experiment with peppermint or pineapple mint for different flavors.
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Step 3. Gently press the muddler onto the mint leaves and twist several times

You don't want to tear, crush or grind the leaves, because then the chlorophyll in the veins of the leaf will be released. Chlorophyll is very bitter and will give your virgin mojito a very unpleasant taste.

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Step 4. Stop when you smell mint, or when the leaves begin to tear

The leaves should remain whole, crumpled and maybe with a few cracks. The purpose of the bruising is to release the fragrant and tasty oils in the leaves, and choosing them ensures that the flavor is absorbed into your drink.

Bruising the leaves with sugar allows the oils to seep into the sugar, adding more depth to the drink

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Step 5. Crumple the leaves in your hands if you are absolutely against bruising with a muddler

This is better than chopping the mint – this releases chlorophyll and also leaves small pieces of mint floating in your drink. Getting a piece of mint in your throat can spoil the fun of drinking a mojito.

Method 2 of 2: Making a virgin mojito

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Step 1. Crush the mint leaves, a teaspoon of sugar and sugar syrup in a tall, sturdy glass

A short glass, such as a tall ball glass, will make your drink look overflowing. The mojito is meant to have a lot of ice and moisture as it is a cooling summer drink that you should sip and enjoy. A glass that is too small can also make the drink seem out of proportion.

  • The sugar syrup makes your drink completely sweet, because sugar does not dissolve completely in cold liquids. You can also use granulated sugar instead of sugar syrup, where you can leave the sugar at the bottom of your glass.
  • Turbinado sugar has a slight molasses flavor that some people really like, but the grains are too large to dissolve in a cold drink. If you want to use it, you must first grind it in a spice or coffee grinder.
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Step 2. A large or medium lime yields 30 ml of fresh lime juice

If you don't have enough juice, squeeze another lime. To make sure you have as much juice as possible, place the lime on the counter and roll it under the palm of your hand, pressing the fruit down slightly. This will make the lime softer and easier to squeeze.

  • Cut the lime in half and place one half in an open hinged juicer. The flat part of the lime should face the rounded bottom of the inner cup. There should be small holes in the bottom of the cup to push the juice through.
  • Hold the squeezer over a bowl or glass.
  • Close the squeezer, and lower the top cup onto the lime.
  • Squeeze the levers of the press together. If the top cup cup presses on the lime, the lime will turn inside out and the juice will be squeezed out of the lime.
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Step 3. Add the fresh lime juice to the glass with your mint and sweeteners

Let the ingredients sit for a few minutes to allow the flavors to mingle, then stir everything together. When your lime juice is at room temperature, the sugar may begin to dissolve in the liquid.

If you want to deviate from the classic Mojito, now is the time! Try apple juice, pink grapefruit juice, lemonade, strawberry puree, or other fruit juices. Who knows, you might come up with some really surprising and delicious flavor combinations

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Step 4. Fill your glass with ice, at least three quarters

There is debate about using crushed ice or ice cubes, so just use whatever you want. After all, this is your drink.

  • Crushed ice will cool your drink faster, but it also means it will melt faster.
  • Make ice cubes with crushed mint leaves so that when the ice cubes melt, the mint flavor seeps into your drink.
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Step 5. Fill the rest of the glass with club soda or spring water

You have the option to change the recipe again and add lemon or lime flavored ginger ale or spring water instead of club soda. You get the same bubbles but a slightly different taste.

  • Garnish your drink with a sprig of mint or a slice of lime, or optionally a stir stick with candy sugar.
  • If the mojito is too sharp, add an extra teaspoon of sugar or more sugar syrup and stir it in.

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