This tart, sweet Lime-Mint Spritzer is simply a virgin mojito. Lime and mint come together in a sparkly beverage perfect for special occasions or warm summer afternoons. I found the inspiration for this recipe while thumbing through one of my favorite cookbooks and it didn’t disappoint! It’s quick, easy, inexpensive and delicious.
- Sugar – Consider the sugar measurement as a starting point. Depending on the tartness of your limes, or who you are serving (kids might think it’s a little too tart), feel free to add more sugar to taste.
- Mint – The addition of fresh mint adds an extra little something to what is essentially sparkling limeade here (which is also tasty if you prefer to leave out the mint- just don’t call it a mojito after that!). You can find fresh mint in the produce section near other fresh herbs.
- Limes – Any lime will work here but, in general, thin skinned limes like key limes or other larger varieties without a super thick skin tend to have the best flavor for use in beverages.
- Sparkling Water – Sparkling water is not very expensive and produces a light fizzy drink. Club soda could also work, although it will produce a more carbonated finished product.
How to Make Lime-Mint Spritzers
Assembling these virgin mojitos is super quick and easy! In the printable instructions, you will make a pitcher of spritzers you can then serve in 2 large, or 4 small glasses. In these photos I’m simply making them directly in 2 serving glasses.
- Finely chop your mint leaves, transfer them to a pitcher (or directly in glasses), and press them with the back of a spoon to release the oils. Add the sugar and press again.
- Add the lime juice and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Add the chilled sparkling water and mix gently. Pour over ice (or add ice to glasses), garnish with slices of lime and sprigs of mint, and serve immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make these ahead of time? Since this drink is sparkling, it’s best to serve it fresh. If needed you could certainly prepare the lime-mint syrup ahead of time and then simply mix in the chilled sparkling water when ready to serve.
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This virgin mojito is tart and sweet. Lime and mint come together in a sparkly beverage perfect for special occasions or warm summer afternoons.
8–10 large mint leaves
1/2 cup sugar (you can add more if necessary)
3/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 7 small, juicy limes)
1 24-ounce bottle of sparkling water (like Perrier)
- Finely chop the mint leaves. Place the chopped mint leaves in a pitcher and press them with the back of a spoon to release the oils. Add the sugar and press the mint leaves and sugar together with the back of a spoon- or the handle of a large wooden spoon. Add the lime juice and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved and no longer grainy.
- Right before serving, add the sparkling water and serve immediately over ice. Garnish with lime slices and mint leaves.
Not a fan of mint? Leaving it out of this recipe will give you a nice sparkling limeade!