What Inspired the Recipe
Despite growing up toasting champagne flutes full of sparkling grape juice, I can no longer manage the fizzy + sweet drink combination, especially when it comes to cocktails. Those closest to me already know my go-to line, “It’s too sweeeet.” I'm sorry, I just can’t help myself. A one note drink, screaming only sweet, does a whole lotta nothing for me. I guess I'm more of a 'whisper sweet nothings' kinda gal, yah feel? Which is why I'm a huge fan of the mojito! She is far from a one trick pony! In my opinion, Mojitos are the perfect balance of subtle sweetness, tart lime, and a kiss of fresh mint topped with all the fizzy goodness of club soda or in this case, lime-flavored sparkling water! I mean, what is not to love here? So, when contemplating the perfect drink to toast my website (finally) being live, I opted for a non-alcoholic version of my favorite and an all-time classic cocktail ... I give you, The Mojito Mocktail!
I'm the creator, recipe developer, and photographer behind The Inspired Dish. As a Registered Dietitian and self-proclaimed foodie, I love (love, love) exploring the world of food and in turn, creating flavorful + swoon worthy recipes inspired from everyday life. When I'm not obsessing over food you can find me running, spending time with my husband, or trying a new restaurant in Raleigh!
All the details
I've come to the realization lately that everyone (yes, everyone) needs a good mocktail recipe in their back pocket. And before you counter too quickly, no they aren't exclusively for pregnant women or non-alcohol drinkers. In fact, if you want to omit the mocktail title altogether, then you have my permission to toss that puppy aside! Instead, we could call it a mmmmm … celebratory spritzer! Yes! Because that's exactly what this li'l recipe is for me, the perfect drink to toast with; anytime, anywhere!
Having a food blog has been a 'back-burner' dream of mine for a long (long, loooong) time! I distinctly remember at least two times, although there were definitely more, when I attempted to get this plane off the ground. Spoiler alert, I never made it very far. I’ll save you all the deep + reflective ‘coming of age’ details I needed to go through both personally and professionally in order to be standing here – because well, that conversation would require a cocktail, not a mocktail – but I can confidently say the work is always worth it. And even if you’re not standing exactly where you want to be (or thought you would be) it’s still important to celebrate small victories along the way! **Enter the need for that back pocket mocktail recipe!
Now I believe this recipe is simple and straightforward enough to make and therefore, didn’t require a ‘how to make’, step-by-step photo series. But there is an important part of the recipe that cannot be overlooked - the use of granulated sugar!
Yes, the recipe calls specifically for granulated sugar instead of simple syrup, honey, agave, or really any other sweetener. Why? Well, I’m so glad you asked! In the muddling process, granulated sugar helps release essential oils from the mint and lime unlike other liquid sweeteners do. Therefore, we go the granulated sugar route to evoke a greater depth of flavor from the drink. Umm yes please, I’ll cheers to that!
I will also point out that you do not want to muddle your mint, sugar, and lime trio in a stemmed glass. Instead use a shaker or sturdy stemless glass for muddling. Some things may seem obvious, but you never know.
In a shaker, muddle about 10 mint leaves, 3 lime wedges, and 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar. Muddle, muddle, muddle until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add a handful of ice and shake. Strain over ice in a white wine glass. Top with Lime-flavored, unsweetened sparkling water like Bubly or La Croix and garnish with a fresh mint sprig and lime wheel.
It’s the non-alcoholic version of the classic mojito cocktail bringing together a symphony of flavors; subtle sweetness, tart lime, and refreshing mint all transported via the fizzy bubbles of sparkling water *chef kiss* And yes, daydreams of warm weather, palm trees and an ocean breeze are entirely complementary; you're welcome!
Cheers friends - to you and all your victories, both big and small!
A non-alcoholic version of the classic Mojito cocktail with subtle sweetness, tart lime, and a kiss of refreshing mint. Top with Lime-flavored sparkling water. A refreshing drink to be enjoyed by anyone, at anytime, anywhere!
- 1/2 tsp Granulated Sugar
- 8-10 Mint leaves
- 3 lime wedges
- 1 can Lime-flavored sparkling water (i.e. La Croix or Bubly)
*Substitute lime-flavored sparkling water with plain club soda for less lime taste.
1. Muddle mint leaves, lime wedges and sugar in shaker until sugar is completely dissolved.
2. Add ice and shake.
3. Strain over ice in a white wine glass.
4. Top with lime-flavored La Croix
5. Garnish with a mint sprig and lime wheel. Enjoy!
I'm Katie Rogers, the creator, recipe developer, and photographer behind The Inspired Dish. I love spending time in the kitchen creating fun, flavorful, and easy recipes worth every bite.