Fresh strawberries add a bright burst of flavor to a classic rum cocktail in this easy strawberry mojito recipe. It comes together in less than 5 minutes, making it the perfect cocktail for spontaneous happy hours, summer barbecues, or any other warm-weather occasion. These strawberry lime mojitos can also be made mocktail-style, and the recipe can easily be scaled to make a full pitcher when you're serving a crowd.
When it comes to summer cocktails, the possibilities feel endless. I'll take a classic margarita any day, but I also love using fresh fruit to make more unique drinks like a mimosa mojito or raspberry martini. This minty cocktail is the best of both words - very much like a basic mojito, but with a few strawberries thrown into the mix for a flavored mojito with a summery twist. It's light, refreshing, and just the right amount of fruity.
Strawberry mojito ingredients
You'll only need a handful of ingredients for this recipe - all of the staples of a classic mint mojito cocktail, plus fresh strawberries.
- Use ripe, in-season strawberries and freshly-squeezed lime juice for the best flavor in your mojitos.
- Fresh mint is also a must - you'll need spearmint, which is the type of mint you'll typically find in the produce section at the grocery store. It's also incredibly easy to grow mint at home in a small pot outdoors. Then you're ready to make mojitos at a moment's notice!
- I always like to use a bit of coarse sugar when muddling herbs for cocktails, since it acts as an abrasive to help release the herb's natural oils. Any type of coarse sugar will work, but it's also not mandatory.
- You can stick to a classic simple syrup for this strawberry mojito recipe, or use agave nectar for its slightly richer flavor (that happens to pair quite well with white rum). If you don't have either on hand, you can make your own simple syrup with water and sugar.
- Mojitos are made with white (or silver/light) rum - not the dark stuff! While I never recommend getting the cheapest liquor you can find, a fairly inexpensive rum like Bacardi will work just fine.
- To top off your strawberry mojito, you'll need some sort of plain sparkling water, club soda, or seltzer, but NOT tonic water. If you own a Sodastream, now's the time to whip it out. You can use it to make your strawberry mojito as fizzy as you want!
How to make a strawberry mojito cocktail
This is one of the easiest cocktails you'll ever make. All you really need is a glass and a cocktail muddler, but even a wooden spoon will do!
Step one - Muddle: In a tall glass, combine the strawberries, lime juice, mint, and simple syrup. Use a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon to crush the strawberries into a chunky puree, which should also break down the mint leaves a bit in the process.
Step two - Stir in the white rum and simple syrup.
Step three - Top off with ice and club soda to taste. I usually add about 3 ounces, but you can add more or less depending on how strong you like your mojitos. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig, a lime wheel, and/or a whole strawberry.
Make it a pitcher
For a full pitcher of homemade strawberry mojitos, simply scale the recipe according to the size of your pitcher. You can do steps one and two in advance, but wait until just before you're ready to serve to add the ice and club soda. That way, your cocktails won't get watered down, and they'll be perfectly fizzy!
- Wondering what kind of glass to use for your mojitos? A highball or Collins glass is traditional, but any taller glass (even a mason jar!) will do the trick.
- A citrus juicer of some sort is incredibly helpful for making mojitos and other cocktails that use lemon or lime. You can get so much more juice out of your citrus!
- If you make your own simple syrup for this strawberry mojito recipe, make sure you let it cool before using it! Otherwise, it'll start melting the ice in your drink too quickly.
- Some people swear by using crushed ice in their mojitos. If you have access to pebble or nugget ice, now might be the time to use it!
- Add an extra twist to your cocktail by substituting some or all of the mint leaves with fresh basil to make a strawberry basil mojito. (Basil also adds great flavor to a gin fizz!)
Definitely! You can make your strawberry mojito without alcohol by swapping the white rum for a bit more club soda to taste. You could even use Sprite for a slightly sweeter drink that kids would probably love!
A true mojito is made with Cuban rum, but if vodka is all you have (or like), you can use it to make a delicious strawberry mint cocktail.
More homemade cocktail recipes
Citrus, summer fruits, and fresh herbs make all of these cocktails perfect for the warmer months of the year!
Easy Strawberry Mojito
The classic mint mojito gets a fruity spin with the addition of fresh strawberries, creating a cocktail with a vibrant flavor and color, plus an authentically refreshing flavor. It's the perfect drink for barbecues, warm afternoons on the patio, and lazy summer evenings.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 mojito 1x
- Category: cocktails
- Method: mixing
- Cuisine: Cuban
- 4 fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled
- 1 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
- handful of fresh spearmint leaves (about 12-15)
- dash of coarse sugar
- 2 ounces white rum
- ½ ounce simple syrup or agave nectar
- 3 oz club soda, or to taste
- mint sprig
- lime wheel
- Muddle: Combine the strawberries, lime juice, mint, and coarse sugar in a tall serving glass and muddle together until the strawberries are broken down into a chunky puree.
- Stir in the white rum and simple syrup/agave nectar.
- Top off with ice and club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig, strawberry, or lime wheel before serving.
- The flavor of this drink will be best if made with ripe, sweet, and local in-season strawberries.
- Make your own simple syrup by combining equal parts water and granulated sugar and heating in the microwave or on the stovetop just until the sugar has dissolved. Let it cool before using.
- Any unflavored club soda, sparkling water, or seltzer can be used for mojitos.
For a pitcher:
- Scale the ingredient quantities based on the size of your pitcher. You can prep steps one and two in advance, and add the ice and club soda just before you intend to serve your mojitos.
For virgin strawberry mojitos:
- Skip the rum and add extra club soda to taste.