Fresh Strawberry Mojitos are packed with mint, fresh strawberries and a refreshing combination of rum and fizzy club soda. Make a single serving or serve up a whole pitcher. This is the perfect sweet, strawberry cocktail you will want to relax with on a Saturday Night!
The weather is warming up in NJ and I am ready to sit outside on my patio with a cocktail. These strawberry mojitos are just what the doctor ordered. I am dreaming of one with some homemade salsa and a bowl of chips.
Come on spring, let's go!!!
What is a Mojito?
A mojito is a traditional Cuban cocktail made in a high ball glass. It consists of rum, sugar, water, lime juice and mint. Of course, all refreshing cocktails need some ice. There are many fruit versions of mojitos and I decided to add strawberries to mine.
To me cocktails are even better when you make them with fresh fruit. I love cocktails made with fresh oranges but since strawberries are all over the markets right now, this is a great drink to make. There is nothing like a ripe, juicy strawberry. Don't forget to have a few extra for the garnish.
These drinks contain fresh mint. It grows like wildfire in my garden during the spring and summer months. For a different twist, you can substitute basil or if you don't like any herbs in your drink, just leave it out.
Strawberry Mojito Ingredients
- Simple Syrup – Boil water and sugar to make a syrup. (See our notes about simple syrup below.)
- Strawberries – Fresh, in season (and local, if possible) strawberries are perfect for this recipe. You can use frozen strawberries but look for whole berries without added sugar and allow them to thaw.
- Mint Leaves – Fresh mint leaves add a refreshing brightness to this strawberry cocktail.
- Lime – Fresh limes are far superior in flavor to bottled lime juice. And lime slices double as a garnish.
- Rum – White rum (also called "silver" or "light" rum) is my choice for a mojito. It is light and sweet.
- Ice – You want your drink cool and refreshing. Use reusable ice cubes to avoid watering down the drink.
- Club Soda – Lime flavored club soda adds an additional hint of lime but you can use plain club soda.
What is simple syrup ?
Simple syrup is basically a thick water and sugar syrup used in a variety of cocktails. The mixture is boiled and your simple syrup is ready.
How do you store simple syrup?
The syrup lasts for weeks in the fridge. You can make a batch then store it in a jar with a tight lid. You will have reason to make more cocktails any night of the week.
How To Make This Strawberry Mojito Recipe
- Prepare the simple syrup. (You can do this up to a week in advance.)
- Divide the strawberries and mint between two glasses. Muddle with a fork, spoon or cocktail muddler until the strawberries become juicy and the mint becomes fragrant.
- Add a slice of lime and the juice from ½ a lime into each glass.
- Divide the rum between each glass and add ¼ cup of simple syrup and stir to blend well.
- Fill each glass with ice and top with soda and fresh mint.
Strawberry Mojito Variations
- Swap the Herbs – Mint is lovely and traditional but you experiment with other herbs as well. Strawberry basil mojitos are quite popular but you may try using lemon thyme, lemon balm, rosemary or other fresh herbs.
- Use Lemons – Replace the lime with lemon for a Strawberry Lemonade Mojito. Lemons are quite sour so use a little less lemon juice or increase the simple syrup slightly.
- Use Differet Berries – Try using any fresh berries like raspberries, blackberries, blueberries or even a combination of fruits.
- Make A Strawberry Mojito Mocktail – If you prefer to abstain from alcohol or you want to make something special for the kids just leave out the rum and increase the amount of club soda.
- Swap the Alcohol - Use coconut rum or even dark rum for flavorful twists on this classic strawberry cocktail. Don't have rum? Use vodka, gin or tequila.
Tips for Making a Mojito
- Choose a pretty glass as you will build and serve this strawberry cocktail in the same glass.
- Make the simple syrup in advance and cool it completely before preparing the cocktail.
- Rather than tearing the mint leaves, try slapping them. Place the mint leaves in your palm and clap your hands together. Add the slapped mint to the bottom of the glasses.
- Don't overmuddle the mint as it can become bitter.
- Is your mojito too sweet? Add a splash of Angostura bitters.
- Increase the recipe to make a whole pitcher to share with a crowd.
More Fresh Strawberry Recipes
If you have some leftover strawberries and mint, you can make some Strawberry Lemon Mint Water. I like having a pitcher in the fridge as it is a good way to stay hydrated. It's much better than plain water but there is no extra calories.
When strawberries are abundant, try these fresh recipes:
- Healthier Strawberry Muffins
- Strawberry Avocado Salad with Fresh Mozzarella and Walnuts
- Cannoli Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
Make some Strawberry Mojitos with fresh strawberries this weekend. Enjoy!
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Fresh Strawberry Mojitos
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 strawberries
- a handful of mint leaves
- 1 limes
- 4 ounces rum
- lime flavored club soda
- In a small saucepan mix together the water and sugar. Bring the mix to a boil on medium heat. Let cool for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Put the strawberries and some crushed mint leaves in two tall glasses. Crush (muddle) the strawberries with a fork or spoon.
- Cut the lime in half and slice two slices from the middle. Add one to each glass. Juice the remaining lime and divide amongst the two glasses.
- Add about ¼ cup of the sugar syrup ( you will have extra) to each glass and then half the rum in each glass. Stir to blend well.
- Fill each glass with ice and top with club soda to taste. Garnish with more mint.
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