Strawberry Mojito

Savor summer with a sweet Strawberry Mojito (or two). These ruby-red cocktails contain muddled fresh mint and summer berries along with simple syrup, lime juice and white rum for a tasty seasonal cocktail.

strawberry slices garnishing a mojito

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Easy Strawberry Mojito recipe

One of the best things about summer are the fresh berries. I love going strawberry picking with my family in the late spring and summer, and it’s always a treat to decide what to make with my haul.

Sometimes I make chocolate-covered strawberries or some kind of baked good. Other times I go for a drink with a strawberry spin like strawberry lemonade or strawberry rosé sangria.

A fresh strawberry mojito is another favorite. I usually have a plethora of fresh mint in my cocktail herb garden and it makes for a great combination with the fresh berries.

Why you’ll love this recipe

The strawberry mojito is an easy cocktail to love, and I’m certain it will be one of your favorite cocktails.

  • This cocktail tastes just like a regular mojito with the added sweetness of strawberries.
  • The flavor is bright, zesty and minty — perfectly balanced between sweet and sour.
  • It’s a great way to use up leftover strawberries.

These pretty pink cocktails would be perfect for any kind of gathering, such as a birthday party, baby shower or wedding shower.

closeup of mint and strawberries garnishing a cocktail

What is a mojito?

The mojito is a classic cocktail featuring rum, sugar, lime juice, fresh mint leaves and a splash of soda.

The result is a refreshing drink that’s equal parts sweet, sour and herbal.

Mojitos hail from Cuba, though the exact origin is unknown. According to Difford’s Guide, some version of the recipe can be traced back to 1586 when Sir Frances Drake “visited” Cuba. He was there to steal gold, but never did, but he did leave behind a drink recipe of crude rum, sugar, lime and mint.

Now, the classic mojito recipe is a recurring character at bars, brunches, parties and girls’ nights. This strawberry version has a fruity twist you are going to adore.

Ingredients

The mojito is a simple cocktail to make, and you only need a few ingredients from the grocery store. Here’s what to pick up:

Fresh strawberries

Sweet strawberries are the star of this rum cocktail. They bring their sweet flavor and truly make this version of the mojito the perfect drink for the summer months.

Mint

Mint is the heart of the mojito, so don’t skimp. You can find fresh herbs in the produce section of most grocery stores.

Fresh mint often comes in clear, plastic clamshell boxes with just a few sprigs. If you want to make a lot of mojitos (and maybe some mint juleps too), see if your store carries it in a big bundle. Usually it is near the salad greens if they have it.

Sweetener

Next up is the sugary element. I recommend making some simple syrup. My recipe is done in under 10 minutes and has just two ingredients.

You can make a mint simple syrup if you want a stronger minty flavor — just add 1-2 sprigs of mint after the boil and let it steep as it cools. Then remove the leaves before storing it.

For a stronger strawberry flavor, you can make strawberry simple syrup.

You can also use pure cane sugar in your mojito, but it will take longer to dissolve and more elbow grease as you muddle.

Place a sprig of mint leaves into a glass with your simple syrup, then muddle them together with a muddler.

No muddler? No problem. You can hack your cocktail with the blunt end of a wooden spoon, or even a spoon. You just want to press hard enough to release the essential oils from the leaves.

a strawberry mojito next to a jigger and a cutting board with limes and strawberries

Lime juice

Fresh juice from limes is key for any mojito, ideally juiced from real limes. The citrus is needed in this strawberry mojito to help combat the sweetness of the cocktail.

While store-bought lime juice is great in a pinch, it’s not the wisest to use in a mojito where lime is one of the star players. Instead, see if your grocery store sells pre-squeezed, fresh lime juice.

It will still taste good if you use the bottled concentrate, but if you have time to squeeze some limes, don’t skimp.

I usually use a citrus squeezer to juice my limes. If I am making a lot of cocktails, I use my electric citrus juicer.

You can also substitute limeade, lemonade or even lemon juice in a pinch! (If using one of the -ades, be sure to cut down on the sweetener.)

White rum

The traditional mojito calls for rum for its alcoholic element.

Because it is clear-colored, white rum (AKA silver rum or light rum) is the best rum for traditional mojitos.

Other types of rum like gold rum, dark rum or spiced rum will add too much color, but they are fine to use. (Although, spiced rum brings a cinnamon flavor that might not be as welcome with fresh limes and berries.)

White rum is light, crisp and great for mixing into drinks like the rum & coke and the mojito.

Bacardi is easily the most popular brand of silver rum, but Mount Gay is another solid choice.

Club soda

Club soda, seltzer or soda water are the bubbly A few bubbles help your drink to have a lighter body and more volume. You don’t need a ton.

This part can be optional, but I find it gives the mojito a bit of brightness and the bubbles help it taste more refreshing for a hot summer day.

Garnishes

Lime slices, strawberry slices and mint leaves make great garnishes for these strawberry cocktails.

a pink mojito cocktail with two straws

How to make a strawberry mojito

It’s easy to make a Strawberry Mojito. Here’s what to do:

  1. In a collins glass (affiliate link) or highball glass (affiliate link), add the strawberry slices, mint leaves and simple syrup.
  2. Muddle together to release the oils of the mint leaves and the juices of the berries. (See note for an alternate method.)
  3. Top with ice, filling the glass all the way.
  4. Add the lime juice and rum alternative. Top with club soda.
  5. Garnish with a straw, lime wedge and a mint sprig.

Note: When muddled, the berries do leave behind some pulp and seeds. If you prefer a clearer drink without texture, do this instead:

Muddle the berries, mint and syrup in a cocktail shaker. Top with lime juice and rum. Then use a strainer to pour the mixture into a glass filled with ice, and top with club soda.

a strawberry mojito on a white background

Variations and substitutions

Quick and easy strawberry mojito: Need to serve a crowd? Skip the muddling and instead make a strawberry mint simple syrup. Follow this recipe for strawberry syrup and add several sprigs of fresh mint leaves after you stir in the sugar and the mixture is still warm. Let cool completely.

Strawberry lemonade mojito: Use lemon juice instead of lime juice.

Berry mojito: Add blackberries, blueberries and/or raspberries into the mix with this berry mojito. The red, white and blue color makes it perfect for the patriotic holidays!

Virgin strawberry mojito: Mix up a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail with a zero-proof rum such as Ritual rum alternative (affiliate link) to make a virgin mojito.

Kombucha strawberry mojito: Use your favorite kombucha instead of club soda for the bubbles. It’s super flavorful and delicious.

More mojito recipes

Mojitos are wonderful summer cocktails. Here are a few versions of this traditional Cuban cocktail to try:

a cutting board with limes and strawberries with a berry cocktail

Strawberry Mojito

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This Strawberry Mojito is a refreshing summer libation made with real strawberries, fresh mint and white rum.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 strawberries, sliced
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 2 ounces club soda
  • strawberry, for garnish
  • mint sprig, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a collins glass or highball glass, add the strawberry slices, mint leaves and simple syrup.
  2. Muddle together to release the oils of the mint leaves and the juices of the berries. (See note for an alternate method.)
  3. Top with ice, filling the glass all the way.
  4. Add the lime juice and rum alternative. Top with club soda.
  5. Garnish with a straw, lime wedge and a mint sprig.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 38mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 10gSugar: 19gProtein: 4g

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