Ready to get your bubbly on with some stylish mojito mocktails? True story, I wanted to dub these drinks “mint lime-os” until I realized that word is more fun to say than to spell, and that these drinks are more recognizable as mojitos (nose crinkle).
Ok, how about mint lime soda? Whatever you call them, these ice cold beverages are calling out to you. I know because every fan is on in my house right now and I’m 99% made up of these minty lime refreshers, and you know what? I’m loving every second of it.
I’ll take warm weather over cold any day because it means I get to sweat (yep, I like to sweat, does that make me weird?) and gulp down EVERYTHING all day long. There’s nothing more refreshing than a sparkling natural soda with mint leaves and fresh lime. Plus, I happen to know that this mojito is supremely refreshing as an aperitif.
Speaking of mojitos, this is actually step-by-step how you would make a mojito minus the white rum. If that’s the kind of drink you’re going for, by all means, add yourself a shot of rum (or gin) and kick back on the porch with your dog.
What’s in this natural soda?
- fresh lime
- fresh mint (hello spring)
- simple syrup (sugar + water + heat)
- sparkling water (unsweetened)
- optional mojito: add a shot of white rum or tequila (*just tried this and it’s oh-so-good)
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How to Make These Natural Mint-Lime Sodas
Bring 1 1/4 cups (50 g) mint leaves with 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) water, 1 cup (200 g) sugar & 1 slice lime to a boil. Turn off the heat after 5 minutes and steep for 1 hour.
Strain the mint and lime using a fine mesh sieve. Press to release all those minty, limy flavors.
Boil again to make the infused liquid more like a syrup (15 minutes). Pour the syrup in a clean glass jar. Put it in the fridge; it will keep for months!
Release more minty oils with a bar muddler or spoon. Add a splash of syrup and drink with ice-cold sparkling water and fresh lime slices. Sneak in a splash of white rum to make it a mojito.
Simple Mojito Recipe:
Think of the below soda recipe as your basic mojito mix. You just add up to a shot of alcohol to make it a mojito cocktail. I did a little research on the best white rum for a mojito and here they are:
Bacardi Silver Rum
Appleton White Rum
Havana Club Anejo Rum
Mount Gay Eclipse Silver Rum
Cruzan Light Rum
You can read more about these rums here.
Hope you guys enjoy these all natural soda pops as much as we do! Don’t forget that ice, ice baby. dun dun dun dun dun dun.
Mint Lime Soda
- 1 1/4 cup mint leaves, plus more for garnish
- 1 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 lime, sliced
- carbonated water, no sugar added
- Bring mint leaves, water, sugar, and 1 slice of lime to a boil in a small pot. Turn off the heat after 5 minutes and let stand (infuse) for 1 hour.
- Strain the syrup, return it to the pot and simmer down to a syrup over medium-high heat, about 15 minutes.
- Pour the syrup into a bottle and refrigerate. It will keep for months.
- Drink with ice cold sparkling water, fresh mint, and lime slices. Add a splash of white rum to make it a mojito.
Just in case you’re looking for some more Latin type dishes to serve alongside your mojitos, here are a few favorites to try:
- pork pozole verde
- calabacitas guacamole
- green chile chicken crockpot
- Cuban pork shoulder: to roast or to slow cook?