This fragrant Strawberry Mojito is a fruity spin on the classic Cuban highball. Perfect for warm weather, this fresh berry, herb, and rum cocktail is easy to make, and sip. 10 minutes, prep to finish.
Want to make your Strawberry Mojito as a mocktail instead? Notes for making a non-alcoholic variation are included in the recipe FAQ’s.
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What I Love About This Twist on the Mojito Cocktail
Mojitos are a summertime staple at our house. Lightly sweet and fizzy with the flavors of fresh lime, mint, and white rum, a classic mojito makes for a wonderfully refreshing sip on a hot summer day. We love this fruity twist on the classic because:
- It’s easy to make for summer entertaining. This Strawberry Mojito doesn’t require a lot of fussing. Make it right in the glass you’re serving it in; no shaking or straining.
- It looks especially beautiful in the glass, thanks to the vibrant color of the strawberry fruit and juices.
- It’s a great way to showcase seasonal produce. Juicy, sweet, fresh strawberries are one of my favorite late spring and early summer treats. Plus, I always find myself with an abundance of mint in my herb garden; this is a fantastic cocktail to utilize your harvest.
- It’s easily adapted to be non-alcoholic for a refreshing mocktail that all of your guests can enjoy.
What Goes in a Strawberry Mojito?
Strawberry Mojitos only require 6 ingredients (plus ice), a highball glass, a cocktail spoon, and a muddler. For the cocktail you’ll need:
- Lime wedges. Smaller wedges are best here. I typically cut half of a lime into 4 wedges for this recipe.
- Fresh mint leaves. I love to use the abundant spearmint from the market or my garden. “Mojito mint” (mentha x villosa) is also wonderful, but it can be a bit harder to find for planting.
- Superfine sugar. Has smaller crystals than granulated sugar and dissolves more quickly in cocktails. You’ll find superfine sugar (also called “caster sugar” or “baker’s sugar”) in the baking section of the grocery store. If your grocery store doesn’t stock it, you can make your own superfine sugar using granulated sugar and a food processor.
- Fresh strawberries. Tops removed and berries sliced.
- White Rum. Heading to the liquor store? Check out The Best White Rums for Cocktails from Decanter.
- Club Soda. Carbonated water with added minerals, such as Fever Tree or Q Mixers.
- Crushed or Cubed Ice. Use a high-speed blender (such as a Vitamix) or a Lewis bag and mallet to crush ice cubes for cocktails. If you’re making mojitos for guests and need a larger quantity, you can also buy bags of crushed ice at many Sonic locations and some convenience stores.
How to Make a Strawberry Mojito
You’ll need about 5 minutes to prep the ingredients for the cocktail (wedging the lime and slicing the strawberries), and 5 minutes for mixing.
Start by placing the mint leaves, superfine sugar, and prepped strawberries in the bottom of your highball glass. Use your cocktail muddler to gently compress the berries until their juices release and the fruit has the texture of a chunky puree.
Muddling will also release the mint oils into the cocktail. Be careful not to over-muddle the mint leaves, or their flavor will become bitter.
Add the lime wedges to the glass and again, gently muddle to release their juices into the glass. Without straining the mixture, add enough ice to the glass to almost fill it up.
To finish the cocktail, pour the rum over the ice and fill the rest of the glass with club soda. Use a cocktail stirrer to mix everything together, and serve your Strawberry Mojito with a sprig of fresh mint to garnish.
Cocktail Questions and Variations
Q. How can I make this a Strawberry Mojito mocktail?
A. To make a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail, simply omit the rum and proceed with the rest of the recipe, as written. Or, substitute a non-alcoholic rum-style alternative, such as Lyre’s White Cane Spirit.
Q. My strawberries are very tart. Should I add more sugar?
A. I recommend mixing the drink as written and tasting it for sweetness. Since superfine sugar dissolves quickly, it’s easy to stir in additional before serving, if needed.
Q. Can I make this recipe with other berries?
A. Absolutely! Try experimenting with blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, or a mix of berries. Since some varieties can be sweeter than others, adjust the sugar quantity up and down to taste.
More Fruity Drink Recipes
- Bourbon Peach Smash
- Blackberry-Lemon Mint Julep
- Frozen Watermelon Daiquiri
- Strawberry Basil Soda
- Blackberry El Diablo
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- 3 fresh strawberries , tops removed and berries sliced
- 10 fresh mint leaves , plus extra for garnish
- 1 tablespoon superfine sugar
- ½ lime , cut into wedges
- 2 ounces white rum
- 3 ounces club soda
- ice (crushed or cubed)
- In a highball glass, combine the strawberries, mint, and sugar. Muddle them together until the strawberries are broken down into a chunky puree. Be careful not to over-muddle so the mint doesn't become bitter.
- Add the lime wedges to the glass and gently muddle until their juices are released.
- Add ice to the glass to almost fill. (Do not strain the muddled mixture.) Pour the rum over the ice, and top with club soda to fill the glass. Stir to combine.
- Serve immediately with a mint sprig for garnish.
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