I give full credit for the discovery and research on the “Virgin Mojito” to my latter born son, who now orders them every time we go out to dinner. We have had many iterations of the drink. Some bartenders use ginger ale. Some use 7-up. The best one we’ve been served thus far was at a bar in San Francisco and this is what he told us to do. We did a taste test at home comparing this version to ones using ginger ale and 7-up and we think this is the winner.
Virgin Mojito (makes one drink)
- ¾ ounce brown simple syrup (instructions below)
- 1-ounce lime juice
- Six lime sections
- 15 fresh mint leaves
- Sparkling water or soda water
- Ice cubes
To make brown simple syrup place one cup brown sugar (lightly packed) and one cup water in a small saucepan. Stir over low heat until all of the sugar dissolves. Set aside, or better yet, refrigerate before using.
Place the six lime sections and the 15 fresh mint leaves at the bottom of a tall drink glass. Using a muddler, muddle the mint and the lime. Add the simple syrup and the lime juice. Add ice cubes. Pour soda water over the top until the glass is full. Using a tall spoon gently mix the drink. Enjoy! Perfect for a summer afternoon, or for kids who want to have cocktails when their parents are having them!