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These strawberry mojitos are easy on the eyes, smell like summer, and the first sip will put a smile on your face! This strawberry mojito recipe blends summer-fresh strawberries, bright herbs like mint and basil, a dash of white rum, and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
This twist on a classic mojito is just the sidekick summer needs. You know that time of year when strawberries smell as good as they taste, my goodness that's the perfect time to whip up this fresh strawberry mojito! The strawberries will go into a simple syrup and complement the fresh herbs so nicely. It's fizzy, fresh, and fruity.
Strawberry basil mojito breaks the mojito mold
You may be wondering how this differs from a traditional mojito, and the answer lies in the strawberry-basil combination. Fresh mint, basil, and in-season strawberries will have your taste buds singing and taking note of how this fruity upgrade stands out from the standard mojito.
What's in a strawberry mojito
- Strawberries: the rest of the drink is the supporting cast, and the strawberries are the star here. Fresh strawberries are great, but frozen and thawed will also work. They will go into a strawberry simple syrup.
- Mint: Mint is one of the five traditional ingredients included in this Cuban cocktail and it's so necessary. This gives the flavor we know and love, that's why this recipe calls for 6 whole leaves!
- Basil: It would be accurate to call this a strawberry basil mojito – because the three basil leaves in this recipe make for a gentle herbaceous sip!
- White rum: another traditional ingredient used in the mojito, white rum gives this a real “kick back and relax” kind of vibe as it's a light-bodied spirit perfect for a rum cocktail recipe. You can experiment with other alcohols like vodka, gin, or tequila, however, it may take away from that classic mojito flavor.
- Lemon juice: Adding a bright note to the drink, freshly squeezed lemon juice complements the strawberries. Traditionally, fresh lime juice is used, which will also work in this recipe.
- Soda water: or club soda will give that nice fizz to the cocktail.
What's strawberry simple syrup?
A simple syrup is made up of equal parts water and sugar and is standard in many cocktail recipes. For this strawberry mojito recipe, add chopped strawberries to the sugar-water mix to infuse that summer flavor into your simple syrup. It's our easy to make strawberry simple syrup recipe that will take this mojito over the top!
How to make a strawberry mojito
Four steps to make the perfect strawberry mojitos that will take you 15 minutes, including prep time:
- Begin by making the strawberry simple syrup by simmering strawberries, sugar, and water. It's simple, takes 5 minutes, and is absolutely worth it!
- Let the strawberry simple syrup cool and then strain it.
- Add the mint, basil, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and muddle for about 30 seconds to release the flavor from the herbs.
- Strain your strawberry mojito into an ice-filled glass, top it with soda water, and garnish!
How to muddle the ingredients
Muddling is a great way to extract flavor from fruits and herbs to infuse them into your mojito (or any cocktail for that matter). Typically, a muddler is used, however, if you don't have one on hand you can also use any blunt object you have in your kitchen to gently press and twist the fruits and herbs. The back of a wooden spoon works perfectly in a pinch!
Make a strawberry mojito pitcher
This recipe makes one mojito, however, if you want to do some summer entertaining you can easily turn this into a pitcher of strawberry basil mojitos.
All you need to do is use cups instead of ounces. Muddle 1 cup of strawberry simple syrup with a handful of basil and mint leaves. Strain it into a pitcher then stir in 1 cup of white rum, ½ cup of lemon juice, and 2 cups of soda water. You can double or triple the recipe as needed.
Make it a strawberry mojito mocktail
Sometimes skipping the alcohol is the way to go. This virgin strawberry mojito is perfect for a baby shower, young adult birthdays, or perhaps you're simply looking for a fun drink, minus the alcohol.
To make this recipe a mock-mojito, simply follow the same recipe and omit the white rum. There you have it – a refreshing summer sip that everyone can enjoy!
Garnishes for your strawberry mojito cocktail
Half of what makes this drink so appealing is how gorgeous it looks in the pitcher or glass! Here are some ideas for garnishes that will add light flavor and also look like you could dive right into this refreshing cocktail:
- Chopped strawberries or other berries, like raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries
- Lemon rounds or lime wedges
- Fresh mint leaves
- Fresh basil
If you like strawberry drinks, also try this strawberry mimosa!
Can I use dark rum (spiced rum) instead of white rum?
You can use dark (spiced rum) for this recipe, however, it will add a warm flavor to the drink and may taste different than the classic mojito profile.
Can I use frozen strawberries?
You can use frozen strawberries. Simply add them to the pot with the water and sugar and add a few extra minutes to the cooking time.
Is this a sweet cocktail?
Not as written, but you can add more syrup to make it sweeter or to your liking.
Can I make this ahead of time for my party?
Absolutely! Combine everything except the soda in a pitcher ahead of time. Wait until you're ready to serve it to add the soda to keep the bubbles fresh longer.
- 6 large mint leaves
- 3 large basil leaves
- 1 ounce strawberry simple syrup (see below)
- 1 ounce white rum
- ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
- 2 ounces soda water
- Sliced strawberries, mint, and basil leaves (to garnish)
Strawberry Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup chopped strawberries
- Begin by making the strawberry syrup. Combine the water, sugar, and strawberries in a pot and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, mashing the strawberries with a spoon when they're soft.1 cup water, 1 cup chopped strawberries, 1 cup granulated sugar
- Remove the pot from the heat, let it cool slightly, then strain it through a fine-mesh sieve. See notes.
- Add the mint, basil, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and muddle for about 30 seconds. Put a handful of ice into the shaker, add the rum and lemon juice, and stir until it's cold.6 large mint leaves, 3 large basil leaves, 1 ounce strawberry simple syrup, 1 ounce white rum, ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
- Strain your strawberry mojito into a tall, ice-filled glass, top it with soda water, and garnish with strawberries, mint, and basil.2 ounces soda water, Sliced strawberries, mint, and basil leaves
We have thoroughly tested this recipe for accuracy. However, individual results may vary. See our full recipe disclosure here.