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Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos {or} Faux-jitos

Traditional mojitos get a twist in these refreshing Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos, using lemons instead of limes, fresh strawberries, and mint simple syrup. Or replace the rum with seltzer for a non-alcoholic summer spritzer!

Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos {or} Faux-jitos ~ with fresh strawberries, lemon juice, and mint simple syrup; replace the rum with seltzer for non-alcoholic spritzer | FiveHeartHome.com

I realize that we bloggers sometimes get ahead of ourselves when it comes to thinking about the next holiday or season. After all, you fine readers like to plan ahead, and as a type-A planner myself, I can certainly understand that. But even though I’ve already starting seeing pumpkin recipes pop up in my Pinterest feed, I’m going to hold off a bit longer (like, until September) on giving in to the temptation.

Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos {or} Faux-jitos ~ with fresh strawberries, lemon juice, and mint simple syrup; replace the rum with seltzer for non-alcoholic spritzer | FiveHeartHome.com

After all, it’s still August. And by golly, it’s 100-degrees out this week. So before I start posting all things autumn, I feel like we need to send off summer with a few last proverbial hurrahs!

Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos {or} Faux-jitos ~ with fresh strawberries, lemon juice, and mint simple syrup; replace the rum with seltzer for non-alcoholic spritzer | FiveHeartHome.com As a result, today I’m sharing a refreshing cocktail recipe that’s become a new favorite of mine this summer. I’ve always been a fan of mojitos, with raspberry being my favorite fruity twist. But this summer, I’ve developed a special affinity for various incarnations of lemonade (as evidenced by my Minty Peach Lemonade), so I thought it would be fun to incorporate lemons instead of limes into my favorite mojito recipe.

Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos {or} Faux-jitos ~ with fresh strawberries, lemon juice, and mint simple syrup; replace the rum with seltzer for non-alcoholic spritzer | FiveHeartHome.com

Everyone knows that if there’s anything better than lemonade, it’s strawberry lemonade. So with these flavors in mind, I set out to create the perfect summer libation. And I’m pleased to report that these Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos turned out just as refreshing and delicious as I had hoped they would!

I typically keep a Mason jar full of mint-infused simple syrup in my refrigerator all summer long, using it to sweeten tea, lemonade, and various adult beverages. As you might guess, I use it when the mood strikes for a mojito as well.

Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos {or} Faux-jitos ~ with fresh strawberries, lemon juice, and mint simple syrup; replace the rum with seltzer for non-alcoholic spritzer | FiveHeartHome.com

For this recipe, I used a big wooden spoon to muddle ripe strawberries, lemon wedges, and fresh mint in the bottom of a large plastic pitcher. Okay, full disclosure…it was actually a jumbo Igloo thermos. I know, I know…fancy. That’s how I roll. In my defense, I didn’t want to do my muddling in a glass pitcher because I tend to put a lot of elbow grease into my efforts and I needed as sturdy a receptacle as I could find. So a thermos it was!

Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos {or} Faux-jitos ~ with fresh strawberries, lemon juice, and mint simple syrup; replace the rum with seltzer for non-alcoholic spritzer | FiveHeartHome.com

Anyhoo, after I was satisfied with my muddling, I added fresh-squeezed lemon juice, mint simple syrup, rum, seltzer, and ice, and vigorously stirred everything together. Then it was time to pour my mojito mixture through a strainer into a far more attractive glass pitcher filled with ice. Personally, I find it easier to drink a mojito once all of the solids have been strained out…otherwise, I always tend to get a mint leaf stuck in my straw, and who needs that kind of stress? 😉

Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos {or} Faux-jitos ~ with fresh strawberries, lemon juice, and mint simple syrup; replace the rum with seltzer for non-alcoholic spritzer | FiveHeartHome.com

As always, feel free to adjust the quantities of these various ingredients to your liking. I don’t like my cocktails too strong, so I always start out with a little less liquor and add more to taste. However, if you’re a fan of a potent adult beverage, go for it! It’s also easy to tweak the simple syrup in this recipe to make your mojitos more or less sweet, depending on your preference.

Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos {or} Faux-jitos ~ with fresh strawberries, lemon juice, and mint simple syrup; replace the rum with seltzer for non-alcoholic spritzer | FiveHeartHome.com

If you would rather make faux-jitos, this recipe is perfectly yummy with an extra splash of seltzer instead of rum. In fact, I typically mix everything together and pour some into a separate container for my kids before adding the rum. They rather enjoy their non-alcoholic Strawberry Lemonade Spritzers while we adults sip on our mojitos. Something for everyone…can’t beat it!

Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos {or} Faux-jitos ~ with fresh strawberries, lemon juice, and mint simple syrup; replace the rum with seltzer for non-alcoholic spritzer | FiveHeartHome.com

So join me in savoring the waning weeks of summer! Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos are guaranteed to help you withstand the remaining days of sweltering heat. And as an added bonus, sipping a mojito just might help you ward off the urge to bake with pumpkin…at least until it’s more seasonally acceptable. 😉

Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos {or} Faux-jitos

Yield: 4 servings

Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos {or} Faux-jitos

Traditional mojitos get a twist in these refreshing Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos, using lemons instead of limes, fresh strawberries, and mint simple syrup. Or replace the rum with seltzer for a non-alcoholic summer spritzer!

Ingredients

    For Mint-Infused Simple Syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup mint leaves
    For Mojitos:
  • 1 large lemon, cut into 8 wedges
  • 6 large strawberries (very ripe)
  • 20 mint leaves
  • 3 ounces fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 ounces Mint-Infused Simple Syrup
  • 6 ounces white or gold rum
  • 8 ounces seltzer
  • Ice
    Optional Garnishes:
  • 4 lemon slices
  • 4 whole strawberries
  • 4 mint sprigs

Instructions

  1. To prepare simple syrup: Combine water and sugar in a small pot. Set pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Stir until sugar dissolves and then remove from heat. Add mint and allow to steep until syrup has cooled. Strain and discard mint leaves. (You will have leftover simple syrup after making mojitos...store in a jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.)
  2. To prepare mojitos: In a large pitcher or deep bowl, use a wooden spoon to crush and muddle lemon wedges, strawberries, and mint leaves. Add fresh lemon juice, (4 ounces) mint simple syrup, rum, seltzer, and 1 cup ice. Stir vigorously before pouring through a strainer into a clean pitcher. Divide mojito mixture between four glasses filled with crushed ice (or regular ice cubes). Garnish glasses if you wish.

Notes

Tweak ingredients as desired, adding more/less rum or more/less simple syrup, to taste.

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Adapted from Food & Wine

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  1. A pitcher of these, poolside, sounds like the perfect summer day. Seriously great:)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Matt! Envisioning a scene like that makes me want summer to stick around for a good while longer, 100-plus degrees and all! 😉

  2. These are seriously gorgeous. I love your twist with the strawberry and lemons, it just looks SO refreshing!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Ashlyn! These really are refreshing…light and not too sweet. Hope you have a chance to try them before fall arrives! 😉

  3. I love Mojito’s and this is even better with strawberries. Limes can be very hard to get here in Australia so I might give this a try…with Soda Water

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I hope you enjoy this recipe if you decide to give it a try, Tracy! There’s a lime shortage in America at the moment, so they’re rather difficult to find (or very expensive!) here right now as well. Lemons to the rescue! 🙂

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