Nojito: Non-alcoholic Mojito

Stylised collage of a Nojito mocktail and its ingredients: limes and mint.

Are you looking for a zesty and refreshing summer sipper?  This non-alcoholic version of the classic Mojito has got you covered.  It’s just as delicious as the original and perfect for those who don’t drink alcohol or are looking for a healthier alternative.

The citrus punch from the whole lime gives this drink potency without any fear of a hangover.  No need to hold back with this one!

Here is what you’ll need:


  • A handful of fresh mint leaves (10-12 leaves)
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tsp of white sugar
  • 1 couple dashes of aromatic bitters (optional as it does contain alcohol)
  • Club soda or sparkling water
  • Ice
Photograph of the ingredients of a non-alcoholic mojito: 2 limes, sugar and a bunch of mint


  • Muddler
  • Jigger or measuring spoons
  • Citrus juicer
  • Highball glass


  • In a tall glass, juice the lime (all but one wedge) and throw in the peels of the fruit.
  • Add the mint and sugar.
  • Use a muddler (or the end of a wooden spoon) to crush the ingredients together.
  • If you are using the bitters, add a couple of dashes into the glass.
  • Fill to the brim with ice and add the club soda to taste.
  • Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Garnish with some extra mint leaves and the remaining wedge of lime.

Variations:  To add a twist to this classic recipe, experiment with different fruit juices/purees, herbs and syrups.  Simply add the extra ingredients after the lime and mint has been muddled and enjoy.

Bartender’s tip: While the mint leaves are still on their stem, slap the fronds on the back of your thumb to release their aromatics.  This makes a world of a difference, especially with the strength of the bouquet on the garnish.

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Stylised collage of the ingredients of a Nojito: limes and mint

Mojito Mocktail Recipe FAQ

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about this non-alcoholic mojito recipe.

How do I muddle the mint leaves?

Muddling is the process of crushing and releasing the essential oils and flavors from herbs, such as mint leaves, in a cocktail. To muddle mint leaves in this drink, you will need a bartender’s tool called a ‘muddler’ or simply use the back of a wooden spoon as an alternative.  

To muddle the mint in this recipe, use the muddler or wooden spoon to gently press down on the mint leaves and lime to crush them against the bottom and sides of the glass.  Continue muddling until the mint is fragrant and the leaves have released their juice.  Be careful not to over-muddle the mint, as this can result in a bitter taste.

Can I use sugar substitutes in a non-alcoholic mojito?

Yes, you can use sugar substitutes in this recipe. Common substitutes include artificial sweeteners like Stevia or Splenda, or natural sweeteners like honey or agave syrup. You can adjust the amount of sweetener to your liking, keeping in mind that some substitutes may have a different level of sweetness compared to sugar. Experiment and find the right balance for your taste preferences.

Can I add any other flavors to the non-alcoholic mojito besides mint?

Yes, you can. Some popular variations include adding different crushed fruits like strawberry, raspberry, or soft peach.  Alternatively, you can incorporate different herbs like basil or rosemary.  A few dashes of bitters can add complexity to the drink and balance the sweetness too.  You can also experiment with different types of sweeteners or syrups to add a unique twist to the drink. Be creative and have fun with it!

What is the difference between sparkling water and soda water?

Sparkling water and soda water are both carbonated beverages, but there is a subtle difference between the two.

Sparkling water is water that has been infused with carbon dioxide gas under pressure through natural or artificial processes resulting in bubbles.

Soda water, on the other hand, is carbonated water that may contain added minerals and/or sodium. It is sometimes referred to as “club soda” or “soda water.” It is commonly used as a mixer for alcoholic drinks because the carbonation helps to enhance the flavors of the drink.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time and store it in the fridge?

To get ahead, I would recommend picking the mint leaves off their stalks and cutting the lime into wedges.  Do start to mix the ingredients until you are ready to drink it because the mint leaves will wilt and lose their flavor and aromatics.

What type of glass should I serve the non-alcoholic mojito in? 

A non-alcoholic mojito is traditionally served in a tall, wide-rimmed glass, such as a highball or Collins glass. This type of glass allows room for the ingredients to be mixed and allows for easy drinking, while also showcasing the carbonated drink, ice and garnishes.

How many mint leaves should I use for each drink?

The amount of mint used in a non-alcoholic mojito can vary based on personal preference. A general guideline is to use 10 to 12 leaves per drink. Start with 10 leaves and taste the drink before adding more mint, as too much can result in a bitter taste.

It’s important to remember that the mint leaves will be muddled, so the flavors will be concentrated and release more of their natural oils. The muddling process also helps to bring out the mint flavor, so a little goes a long way.

What are aromatic bitters?

Aromatic bitters are a type of alcoholic beverage made from a blend of botanical ingredients such as roots, bark, fruit, and spices, which are steeped in high-proof spirits and then flavored with additional ingredients to produce a bitter, aromatic, and often complex taste. They are commonly used in cocktails as a flavoring agent, and are added in small amounts to balance out the sweetness and enhance the overall flavor profile of a drink.

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