Sam’s Mocktail Hour: The Mojito

Mojito mocktail with mint leaves and straws. Photo taken by Sam D.

Try this delightfully fizzy, minty and citrusy non-alcoholic cocktail recipe, perfect as a nice refreshment to remind one of a hot day.

Prep: 5 mins

Serves: 2


  1. 1 tablespoon sugar
  2. Small bunch mint
  3. Crushed ice
  4. 3 limes, juiced
  5. Soda water


Step 1: Muddle1 the sugar with leaves from the mint2 with a mortar and pestle (or using a small bowl and a muddler or a similar tool).

Step 2: Put a handful of crushed ice3 into 2 tall glasses. Divide the lime juice4 and mint mix5 between the glasses.

Step 3: Add a straw, top up with soda water and stir.

  1. Muddling is done by crushing or mashing the ingredients together in order to release their flavor
  2. 3-4 leaves should do.
  3. This can be done by placing the ice in a large plastic bag and wacking it with something hard.
  4. Limes can be juiced using a citrus juicer, or they can be squeezed by hand—make sure to slice them in half before juicing
  5. “Mint mix” includes the sugar.

The drinks featured in this column are all non-alcoholic. I do not wish to condone, encourage, normalize or popularize underage drinking. The goal of this column is entertainment, and perhaps to inspire readers to experiment with complex drinks in a safe way.

For the unaware, a mocktail or virgin cocktail is a cocktail that contains no alcohol. These could either be in the form of a mocktail, a drink that mimics a cocktail with the alcohol removed, or a complex drink in the style of a cocktail which was not derived from a regular cocktail. This column will feature some combination of both.

Each recipe lists ingredients, prep time, servings, directions, and explanations of any directions which may be unclear. For any experienced cocktails makers, these descriptions can be skipped. But to our readers who have little experience in this field, these explanations will likely prove themselves useful.

I hope that you are able to find some joy and relaxation in exploring these non-alcoholic drinks.