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Healthy Mojito Mocktail [Sugar free, Gluten free, Vegan]

A healthy, sugar free mojito mocktail is a great choice when you want something festive & sparkling, but without the alcohol. The perfect drink for summer nights and daytime parties, this easy mocktail (also known as a “nojito”) with just three ingredients is easy to make in a pitcher for a crowd, or for one in a glass.

sideview of a mojito mocktail in a glass with a lime slice and ice cubes and straws in the background
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I know I’m not alone in loving a good mojito. With fresh mint leaves crushed with lime wedges and sugar, spiked with rum and topped off with some soda water, it’s a classic cocktail that’s delicious any time of year – and a perfect thirst quencher on hot summer days.

But sometimes I want something non alcoholic. And when I want something non alcoholic, it’s generally not just because of the *alcohol* – it’s because I want something healthier. So while you will see many virgin mojitos or “nojitos” out there that’s just sans the alcohol but still have sugar, syrup or sprite – this is not one of them.

For me a mocktail should be healthy – which means no added sugar. And for a drink with this much great taste – fresh mint! lime juice! – I really don’t think you need it. And without it, it becomes even more refreshing and a drink you can sip on all day, every day. Just like my other favorite – the Clean Cucumber Collins.

a mojito mocktail in a glass with a wooden chopping board with ice, paper straws and lime slices in the background

Why this recipe works

  • Fresh mint leaves add loads of taste and makes it oh so refreshing, especially when crushed with…
  • ...fresh lime, for an even more refreshing flavor.
  • Soda water adds a nice sparkle, and a slight saltiness since it has more salt than your regular carbonated water. Which makes it even more hydrating as well, if that’s what you’re after. If you don’t have it you can substitute regular mineral water or carbonated water instead.
  • Crushed ice adds a nice touch of cocktailiness, but can be skipped or subbed for regular ice cubes.
two glasses with crushed ice next to a wooden chopping board with paper straws and lime slices

How to make a healthy mojito mocktail

Making a non alcoholic mojito is super easy. Just pick off some mint leaves, cut your lime in wedges, and crush it all together with a muddler or wooden spoon. Either straight in the glass, in a pitcher or a shaker. You want the lime and mint to be really nicely crushed, and to get a lot of juice out of those limes.

When the lime and mint is crushed, add in a good amount of crushed ice. Then top it all off with soda water and garnish with a slice of lime or some mint leaves, if you feel like it.

Expert tips for making this recipe

  1. Always use fresh lime juice – and for this recipe, use the whole lime wedges. It adds so much more flavor than using a bottled lime juice or just the squeezed lime.
  2. Use a wooden spoon to crush your mint leaves & lime wedges, if you don’t happen to have a muddler on hand.
  3. If making your mojitos ahead of time, just crush the lime & mint leaves together first and leave the adding of soda water and crushed ice until the last minute. This way your mocktail will look as fresh as if you just made it.
  4. If you don’t have an ice crusher*, place ice cubes in a plastic bag inside a kitchen towel and use a wooden spoon as a hammer to crush the ice.
side view of a healthy mojito mocktail with a straw

Substitutions and additions for this recipe

  • Soda water can be substituted for regular carbonated water or mineral water.
  • Crushed ice can be substituted for whole ice cubes or omitted.
  • Sugar can be added if desired – but is not at all necessary for great taste. If you wish to add sugar, add amount according to how sweet you like it and add it at the same time as the mint and lime.
sideview of a mojito mocktail in a glass with a lime slice and ice cubes and straws in the background

Healthy Mojito Mocktail

5 from 5 votes
Print Rate
Course: beverages, Cocktails, Drinks, Mocktails
Cuisine: dairy free, non-alcoholic, sugar free, vegan, vegetarian
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1 mocktail
Calories: 22kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lime cut in wedges
  • 20 fresh mint leaves
  • 1.5 dl soda water
  • crushed ice optional
  • lime slice decorative & optional

Instructions

  • Place your lime wedges and mint leaves in a sturdy glass, shaker or pitcher. Using a muddler or a wooden spoon, crush the lime and mint together until juicy.
  • Add in crushed ice, and top with soda water. Garnish with a slice of lime if desired and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutions and additions for this recipe

  • Soda water can be substituted for regular carbonated water or mineral water.
  • Crushed ice can be substituted for whole ice cubes or omitted.
  • Sugar can be added if desired – but is not at all necessary for great taste. If you wish to add sugar, add amount according to how sweet you like it and add it at the same time as the mint and lime.

Expert tips for making this recipe

  1. Always use fresh lime juice – and for this recipe, use the whole lime wedges. It adds so much more flavor than using a bottled lime juice or just the squeezed lime.
  2. Use a wooden spoon to crush your mint leaves & lime wedges, if you don’t happen to have a muddler on hand.
  3. If making your mojitos ahead of time, just crush the lime & mint leaves together first and then leave the adding of soda water and crushed ice until the last minute. This way your mocktail will look as fresh as if you just made it.
  4. If you don’t have an ice crusher, place ice cubes in a plastic bag inside a kitchen towel and use a wooden spoon as a hammer to crush the ice.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Mojito Mocktail
Amount Per Serving
Calories 22 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 49mg2%
Potassium 114mg3%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 850IU17%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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I hope you enjoyed this non alcoholic mojito recipe! For more mocktail recipes, check out my mocktail page.

Now, let’s have one more…

Emmeline



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