Bursting with sweet & juicy summer strawberries, this Strawberry Mojito recipe includes an unexpected ingredient - sparkling Rosé wine - for a pretty in pink drink that is sure to quench your thirst on a hot summer day. Make one in less than 5 minutes!
Hot, steamy weather calls for drinks that are light, refreshing and easy to make. These Strawberry Mojitos, filled with sweet berries and fresh-from-the-garden mint, come together in minutes and are the perfect remedy for those sultry summer nights.
What makes this recipe unique
- Mojitos are most popular in the summer, so it only makes sense to pair this rum cocktail with another seasonal superstar - sun-ripened strawberries. Fresh, juicy berries add just the right amount of sweetness to this drink.
- Traditional mojitos use club soda for effervescence, but this recipe ups the ante by swapping the club soda for sparkling Rosé wine instead. You get all the bubbles you're used to in a mojito AND a gorgeous pink color.
- This recipe as written makes two drinks using a mini (187ml) bottle of sparkling wine. It's also easily batched for a crowd. Check the instructions in the recipe card to make 8 Strawberry Mojitos using a 750ml bottle of sparkling Rosé.
A few ingredient notes:
- I prefer silver rum in these mojitos. Any moderately-priced rum will work well here.
- A 187 ml bottle of sparkling Rosé is perfect to split between two drinks. You can also use club soda instead of the sparkling wine, if you prefer.
- Freshly squeezed lime juice is the only way to go. Fresh juice has a livelier flavor and doesn't contain any of the preservatives of bottled juice.
- You can buy a bottle of simple syrup at the store, but it's easy (and much cheaper) to make at home. Check out our post for all the details on How to Make Simple Syrup.
You can make a Strawberry Mojito in less than five minutes!
Muddle strawberries and fresh mint in the bottom of a tall glass.
Fill glass with ice and add rum.
Add lemon juice and simple syrup.
Top with sparkling Rosé and gently stir to combine.
No need to break the bank when you're making mojitos. A mid-priced, silver rum will work well as you're mixing it with other ingredients to create this drink. I used Bacardi for recipe but I'm also a fan of Flor de Cana rum in mojitos.
Mojitos are best served in a tall, highball glass with plenty of ice. Don't try to squeeze a mojito into a lowball glass. You won't have enough room for the ingredients and you'll end up with an unbalanced drink.
Mojitos are thought to have originated in Cuba. Cuban rums were initially very crude tasting, so bartenders doctored them up with sugar, lime and mint to make the harsh liquor more palatable.
How to muddle fresh fruits and herbs for cocktails
Muddling is more than just pulverizing fruit or herbs into mush. There is actually a science to muddling that is critical to the taste of your cocktail. But don't worry; it's far less complicated than it sounds.
The first thing to know is there are two different muddlers for fresh fruit and herbs: a toothed muddler for fruits and a blunt muddler for herbs. A quality muddler will have a toothed end and a blunt end, eliminating the need for two separate muddlers (this muddler is our favorite).
Fruits can stand up to more pressure than delicate herbs so use the toothed end in a pressing and twisting motion to release a fruit's juices and any essential oils from a fruit with a peel (such as a lime or lemon wedge).
Herbs require a lighter touch. Use the blunt end of the muddler to gently press and bruise fresh herbs to release their oils and flavors. The key is to use a gentle touch. If you use too much pressure, you will crush and tear the leaves and they will become bitter in the drink.
Expert tips for making this strawberry mojito recipe
- No muddler? No problem! Use the end of a wooden spoon to muddle the berries and basil instead.
- Acid is a must in most cocktail recipes to keep the flavor balanced. In this drink, you definitely want to use freshly squeezed lime juice. The bottled stuff contains additives that alter the taste of the juice in order to give it more shelf life. I like to freeze fresh juices in ice cube trays and then pull out cubes when I need them.
- If you don't have sparkling Rosé on hand, feel free to swap in club soda or a mini bottle of Prosecco, instead.
- Fill your glass completely with ice and make sure to use a highball for this drink. If you try to cram all the ingredients into a lowball, you won't have the right ice to ingredient ratio and you'll end up with an unbalanced drink.
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- 4 large strawberries, chopped & divided
- 14 mint leaves, divided
- 4 ounces rum, divided
- 2 oz lime juice, divided
- 2 oz simple syrup, divided
- 6 ounces sparkling Rosé wine, divided (about 1 (187ml) bottle)
- Mint leaves, strawberries and lime wedges for garnish optional
- Divide strawberries among 2 highball glasses. Muddle. Divide mint leaves among glasses and gently muddle to release oils. Fill both glasses with ice.
- Pour half of rum, lime juice, simple syrup and wine in each of the two glasses. Stir gently to combine.
- Garnish with sliced strawberries, lime wedges and additional mint leaves, if desired.
- I prefer silver rum in these mojitos. Any moderately-priced rum will work well here (such as Bacardi or Flor de Cana).
- Even though you only need a few ounces, freshly squeezed lime juice gives the best flavor to these drinks. Skip the bottled stuff with preservatives.
- If you're short on time, you can buy a bottle of simple syrup at the store, but it's easy (and cheaper) to make at home. Check out our post about how to make simple syrup for specific instructions.
- Don't have sparkling Rosé wine on hand? You can easily swap in club soda instead.
Nutrition info not guaranteed to be accurate.