Mint Mojito Mocktail
Moving into summer, sometimes it is nice to enjoy a refreshing beverage with all the sophistication and complex flavors of a cocktail but without the alcohol. This Mint Mojito Mocktail is a sweet choice for pre-dinner cocktails or as an after dinner drink.
Mojito cocktails around the world
Originally from Cuba, you can now find mojitos being served in many different spots around the world. For example I’ve been served mint mojitos for Cinco de Mayo. It is a recognition of the Mexican army’s victory over France in the 1862, Battle of Puebla. In Mexico, it is a somewhat minor holiday.
In the US, always looking for a reason to celebrate, Cinco de Mayo parties pop up in many places. Mojitos are also popular to serve at summer gatherings such as the 4th of July, Labor Day or other festive days. If you have guests who don’t drink alcohol this mint mojito mocktail is a nice alternative to canned soft drinks or bottled water.
An Easy and Refreshing Mocktail
If you are hosting a brunch, lunch or dinner party with guests who prefer to not not drink alcohol, or if you are simply looking for an easy non-alcoholic beverage for yourself, this recipe is a great option. Coming in at just 50 calories per serving, the fresh mint in this mocktail is refreshing after a busy day. It only takes about 10 minutes to make. Serve over ice alongside Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce or Yellow Beet and Tomato Bruschetta and you are ready for a sweet celebration!
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- Make a simple syrup by combining the sugar and water in a small pot on the top of the stove.
- Heat on high until it boils.
- Reduce heat to medium-high and continue to cook until all sugar is dissolved and volume is reduced by half.
- Set aside to cool.
- (Simple syrup can be made a few days in advance and stored in the refrigerator.)
- Combine the simple syrup with the lime juice, mint leaves and club soda in a large pitcher.
- Serve immediately over ice garnished with slices of lime, mint sprigs and a fancy straw, if desired.
- Add more (or less) club soda to adjust flavor.
Nutrition information per serving: 50 calories; 0 grams fat; 0 grams saturated fat; 0 grams transfat; 0 mg cholesterol; 20 mg sodium; 13 grams carbohydrate; 0 grams dietary fiber; 0 grams protein (values are approximate)