I make my Mint Mojito Mocktail a little bit different than others… I use a zero proof, non alcoholic rum spirit. This small addition allows me to recreate the complex flavors of a mojito cocktail without the alcohol. Basically, we are taking a flat flavored juice mixture and making it taste more like a classic mojito.
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Mint Mojito Mocktail Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make this Mint Mojito Mocktail recipe, including notes and potential substitutions.
Bar Equipment You Will Need
- Glassware: I served mine in can shaped glasses although they are typically served in tiki glasses or tall glasses.
- Citrus Juicer: To help making juicing the lime easier. If you do not have one you can also do it by hand.
- Muddler: Used to easily crush the mint leaves. Something similar in shape or the bottom end of a wooden spoon works too.
- Cocktail Spoon or Stirrer: no explanation needed for this one.
The 3 BEST Non Alcoholic Spiced Rums for Mojitos
I have tested quite a varieties of zero proof rum to hunt down the best ones for mojitos. So, it doesn’t matter if you already have a mocktail bar setup at home or are new to the world of zero proof spirits, I am here to give my honest recommendations. Feel free to choose my favorite or another option that sounds better to you.
First up, Lyre’s Spiced Cane Spirit and this one is the closest spiced rum alternative I have found. It is amber colored with an aroma of toasted sugar. The flavor notes are caramel, molasses, and nuttiness with a mild peppery aftertaste (similar to what alcohol gives).
Second is Ritual Rum Alternative which has the spiced rum flavor plus a bold peppery aftertaste. It is also amber colored and smells most like rum. The flavor notes are vanilla, toasted spices, and caramel. Again, it does have a black pepper taste which some find unpleasant and others like because it is reminiscent of alcoholic spiced rum.
Third is Monday Zero Alcohol Rum with a mild yet smooth spiced rum flavor. It is dark brown in color with aromas of vanilla and tobacco. The flavor notes are brighter but with burnt sugar and deep roasted coffee like flavors. It drinks well and there is no burn or peppery taste with this one.
Please keep in mind zero proof spirits are all made differently and depending on your personal taste preferences, some will taste better than others.
How to Make A Mint Mojito Mocktail
Here’s a quick summary of how to make a non alcoholic Mint Mojito. The recipe card below will have complete details.
1. MUDDLE THE MINT with light agave syrup and lime juice. You will want to lightly press on the mint leaves with a muddler until they become aromatic.
2. ADD a handful of ice, your non alcoholic spiced rum, and tonic water. If your ingredients are already chilled you do not need to add the ice.
3. STIR THE MOJITO with a long handled stirrer or spoon until the ingredients are completely combined.
4. GARNISH with lime slices and more mint leaves. Don’t forget to clap the mint leaves over top of your mojito and between your hands first (this releases even more of the mint oils and aroma).
Don’t forget to taste and adjust to your liking. If it needs tartness, you may want to add another squeeze of lime juice. If it needs sweetness, stir in a little more agave syrup. Add a splash more of spiced rum if it needs it… This is your chance to fine tune so it is exactly how you like it.
2 Mixology Tips You Need To Know
1. Muddling means to crush, not pulverize. The goal is to bruise the mint leaves so oils and a mint aroma are released into the glass. This only takes a few light taps with your muddler, no heavy handed crushing is needed.
2. Make a pitcher of mint mojitos for a crowd. You can easily scale this recipe to make as many as you need. I like this recipe for baby and bridal showers, pool parties, and even during the holidays. I recommend prepping the rum and muddled lime and mint mixture up to 1 day in advance. When you are ready to serve the mojitos add your ice, tonic water, and stir well.
Mint Mojito Mocktail Variations and Substitutions
Swap out the tonic water for flavored lime beverages. Above I recommend using neutral flavored club soda or sparkling water BUT you could also use a lime flavored sparkling water to up the flavor. I have even found mojito flavored sparkling water at my Wal-Mart, so keep an eye out for that too!
Opt for white rum instead of spiced rum. White rum is traditionally used in a mojito but it is harder to come by in the zero proof spirits world. I do have a bottle of Lyre’s White Cane Spirit in my mocktail bar that I love. I did test it in this recipe but felt like the non alcoholic spiced rum added more flavor and depth than the non alcoholic white rum did.
Add a dash of non alcoholic bitters for depth. Just make sure they are alcohol free, alcoholic bitters are 40% alcohol or more! All The Bitter is my go to (get 10% off by using my code ENTIRELY10). In this recipe I like to use Aromatic or Lavender bitters for another flavor profile.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
More Mocktails With Lime To Try:
Mint Mojito Mocktail
- citrus juicer
- spoon or stirrer
- 6 mint leaves; - plus more for garnish
- 1 ounce lime juice; - freshly squeezed
- 1 ounce light agave syrup
- 2 ounces non alcoholic spiced rum*
- 4 ounces tonic water
- To a glass add mint leaves, freshly squeezed lime juice, and light agave syrup.
- Lightly muddle the mint until aromatic (no heavy handed crushing, the leaves should not be pulverized).
- Add a handful of ice (if ingredients are not chilled), non alcoholic spiced rum, and tonic water.
- Stir with a long handled spoon or stirrer until the ingredients are well combined.NOTE: Don’t forget to taste test and adjust to taste preferences.
- Garnish with a lime slice and more mint (clap the mint over top of the glass to release oils and aroma).
The 3 BEST Non Alcoholic Spiced Rums for MojitosPlease see the section within my recipe post for full reviews and tasting notes on each recommendation (this is a summary)
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