Need some great Strawberry Virgin Mojitos? We’ve got some for you, and we call them “Mini-jitos.” These non-alcoholic, kid-friendly drinks are light, fruity, and refreshing. Plus, there’s muddling. There’s not enough muddling in our day-to-day routines, in our opinion. These really remind me about my favorite orangina drinks, I love them so much that i had to learn all things Carbonated beverages.
In honor of spring, we made these Strawberry Virgin Mojitos for our kids. (We called them “mini-jitos” after rejecting other ideas such as “no-jitos” and “mo-wee-tos”). They are best with the freshest strawberries and mint of the season.
The thing we love about the these Strawberry Virgin Mojitos is that the kids do most of the work (muddling, that is). You can enjoy these mini-jitos poolside or at a garden party, or you can just have them whenever you feel like it and fantasize about being somewhere else.
Strawberry Virgin Mojitos Recipe
Strawberry Virgin Mojitos ("Mini-Jitos")
A muddled (non-alcoholic) strawberry drink that's perfect for kids and grownups alike.
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 small bunch mint leaves
- 1 pint strawberries, pureed
- 3 limes, juiced
- additional crushed ice and water
- extra strawberries for muddling and garnish
In a medium saucepan, heat water and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved. Chop four mint leaves, add to the syrup mixture, and set aside to cool.
In a standard 60-ounce pitcher, combine the pureed strawberries, lime juice, and the sugar-mint syrup. Add enough crushed ice to the pitcher to make it about 3/4 full. Add water to fill the pitcher and continue stirring.
Select four to six tall glasses for serving (we used tall jam jars; if you have small kids you might want to use tall plastic cups). In each glass, place two strawberries and two mint leaves. "Muddle" the strawberries by coarsely mashing them with a muddler or a pestle. Pour the crushed ice mixture into each glass. Garnish with strawberries and mint leaves; serve immediately.
Have you muddled anything before? You basically need a thick wooden stick-like implement, as shown here by our kid. If you don’t happen to have a muddle, you can use any wooden handle, such as the handle of a wooden spoon.
The nice thing about “muddling” is that there’s no wrong way to do it. If you want to keep little hands busy, let them muddle to their heart’s content. (Use a plastic cup if that’s better for your littlest ones.)
This drink is most delicious when you serve it right away with the crushed ice. However, if you want to save it for a different time, hold off on adding the ice until you’re just ready to serve it.
Oh, and if you want to make a whole drink bar’s worth of kids’ drinks, check out our Holiday Mocktail Bar here.
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