Strawberry Mojito

Strawberry Mojito

Enjoy the fresh taste of summer with a refreshing strawberry mojito. The recipe includes the standard mojito ingredients—rum, mint, lime, sugar, and club soda—and adds sweet strawberries to the mix. It’s easy and fun to mix up, and especially delicious during berry season.

For one strawberry mojito, you’ll need about five strawberries and one lime. You can use a half cup of sliced frozen strawberries but will want to let them thaw so they’re easy to muddle. Muddling is a way to mash together and mix cocktail ingredients—in this drink, it helps release the flavors from the mint, the juice from the strawberries and lime, and helps dissolve the sugar.

There will be extra lime slices—use them to squeeze some extra juice into the drink, simply add them as a garnish, or use them to make more mojitos. You can easily adjust the sweetness, tartness, and booziness of the drink by adjusting the amount of sugar, lime, and soda water.

“The Strawberry Mojito is one of the ultimate vacation libations. Tangy, fruity, and sweet, there are few drinks I can think of that have more of a leisure feel. This recipe will have you work a little by muddling, but it is well worth the elbow grease.” —Sean Michael Johnson

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Ingredients

  • 1 lime

  • 5 strawberries

  • 1 large sprig fresh mint

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 2 ounces white rum

  • 2 to 3 ounces club soda, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Strawberry Mojito ingredients

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  2. Cut the lime in half, then cut each half into 3 or 4 wedges. Remove the strawberry stems, then slice 4 lengthwise. Pull 6 to 8 leaves from the mint sprig, leaving the top leaves intact for garnish.

    Cut strawberries, limes and mint on a cutting board with a knife

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  3. In a tall glass, add 3 to 4 lime wedges, the sliced strawberries, and individual mint leaves. Top with the sugar.

    Strawberries, lime and mint in a glass

    The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

  4. Muddle well to mash the fruit and dissolve the sugar.

    Muddle the fruit in a glass

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  5. Fill the glass with crushed ice and add the rum.

    Fruit, crusted ice, and rum in a glass, next to an empty shot glass

    The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

  6. Stir well to integrate the fruit and mint into the ice. Top with soda.

    Mojito in a glass, next to a spoon

    The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

  7. Garnish with the remaining strawberry, mint spring, and a lime wedge.

    Strawberry Mojito in a glass, garnished with lime, mint and a strawberry

    The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

Tips

  • For any mojito, it’s best to choose a mid-shelf rum that you enjoy drinking on its own.
  • If you enjoy crushed ice in cocktails, a Lewis bag is handy to have around. The heavy canvas reduces ice melt, and you can quickly crush an entire tray of ice cubes by hitting them with a muddler or mallet.
  • For a slower melt, fill the glass with ice cubes.

Recipe Variations

  • Pour a flavored rum if you like. Citrus, coconut, and vanilla rums are all excellent choices, while pineapple rum gives the strawberry mojito a tropical flare. Some drinkers like spiced rum in their mojitos, too.
  • Use 1/2 to 1 ounce of simple syrup instead of the sugar. Or, go with raw sugar or your favorite sugar substitute.
  • Switch from club soda to sparkling wine.
  • Mint going bad? Make fresh mint last a little longer by placing it in a jar of water or hanging it up to dry (it will still work for mojitos). Alternatively, preserve it by making mint simple syrup and use that instead of fresh mint and sugar.

How Strong Is a Strawberry Mojito?

It’s difficult to estimate the alcohol content of a drink like the strawberry mojito because the muddled fruit yields a varying amount of juice. On average, the drink should mix up to about 7 ounces, so it will fall in the 11 percent ABV (22 proof) range when made with 80-proof rum. That’s similar to a glass of wine, only a lot more fun and definitely fruitier!

How Do You Muddle a Mojito Without a Muddler?

A muddler is a valuable tool for cocktails and an inexpensive investment if you like mojitos, old-fashioneds, and other muddled cocktails. If you don’t have one, look around your kitchen for a blunt, long-handled object. A wooden spoon is one of the best options, and a standard spoon or fork will work in a pinch. Other options include a pestle, tamper, meat tenderizer, or French-style rolling pin. You may need to press the fruit and herbs into the side of the glass, rather than the bottom. If muddling in a tall glass is a challenge, do it in a small bowl, then transfer the mix to the glass.

What’s the Difference Between a Mojito and a Daiquiri?

While both are classic rum cocktails, a mojito is made with rum, sugar, lime, mint, and soda water, while a daiquiri is made with lime juice, sugar or simple syrup, and rum. Daiquiris are typically shaken and sometimes blended with ice rather than muddled.

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