Lime-Mint Cooler (Non-Alcoholic Mojito)

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Cool off with this lime-mint cooler. This recipe for a non-alcoholic mojito is ultra refreshing!

Lime-Mint Cooler (Non-Alcoholic Mojito)

Ready for a cool drink? Summertime does that. Crushed ice, some slices of lime, and a tasty beverage just beckon to us.

And while I am a huge, HUGE fan of Coke-Cola, it’s the high fructose corn syrup I’d like to do without. But, that means I can concoct all kinds of other tasty beverages to serve over crushed ice.

This Lime-Mint Cooler is one of them.

Fresh Mint, the weed that you can love

Mint is a weed in the sense that it will grow wherever you don’t want it to. If you plant your own, be sure to do it in a pot. But, it can still spread its seeds. It’s a wily plant, that one. Once it takes root it is almost impossible to get rid of.

This is good news if you love mint-flavored beverages.

Over the last few months we’ve received a fair amount of mint in our produce box. At first I didn’t know what to do with it. But the folks on Good Cheap Eats’ Facebook page suggested I make mint syrup, so I did that. Peppermint Syrup and Chocolate Mint Syrup were awesome in hot cocoa and coffee drinks this past winter.

Another friend suggested mojitos. I had never had one. In fact, until that suggestion, I’d never had many mixed drinks at all. A couple months ago I started researching recipes. It’s the national drink of Cuba, in case you were wondering.

Yum! That is one tasty drink! Not boozy at all, but light and refreshing, a perfect summer drink.

If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic version of the mojito, this lime-mint would be it. (And you’re free to switch out some of the water for rum if you want the real deal.)

Since I use evaporated sugar cane juice (aka organic sugar), my syrup is a little darker than it would be if I used conventional granulated sugar. If yours isn’t exactly the same color, that’s why.

Store your mint leaves wrapped in damp paper towels in a ziptop bag in the fridge. This bunch lasted for about a month this way. total surprise!

Then make a syrup to keep on hand to mix with lime juice and club soda. Add rum for a simple mojito. Serve either over crushed ice.

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Lime-Mint Cooler
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lime cooler, lime mint cooler, mojito, virgin mojito
Servings: 4
Calories: 232 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup chopped mint leaves
  • zest of 2 limes
  • 24 ounces club soda
  • 4 limes
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pot combine the sugar and water. Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the liquid just starts to bubble.
  2. Stir in the mint leaves and lime zest. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  3. Strain the syrup and store in a lidded jar. Refrigerate for up to 1 week. Store in the freezer for longer storage.
  4. To prepare a cooler, mix 1/4 cup syrup with 3/4 cup club soda and the juice of one lime. Stir and serve over crushed ice.
Recipe Notes

For a mojito, substitute 1 to 2 ounces of rum for 1/4 cup of the club soda.

Nutritional values are approximate and based on 1/4 the recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Lime-Mint Cooler
Amount Per Serving
Calories 232 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 45mg2%
Potassium 167mg5%
Carbohydrates 62g21%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 52g58%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 528IU11%
Vitamin C 33mg40%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Comments

  1. i’ve stopped drinking soda so this looks amazing to me as a fun weekend drink option!

  2. Kristen says

    Thanks so much for this recipe! My husband and I have been drinking this nearly every day with the HOT weather we’ve been having. I even bought a mint plant and pot!

  3. Angela says

    I am diabetic. What can I use as a substitute for the sugar in your Lime-Mint Cooler? And in what proportion to the sugar ratio? Thank you.

  4. Phil Laurette says

    There are approximately 775 calories in a cup of sugar so each cup of this will be at least 100 calories. Substituting Truvia for me brings the calories down while maintaining the sweetness with no aftertaste (personal observation). Truvia is high in sugar alcohol which has it’s own downsides so read up on it before you make the change yourself. Remember to use only half as much Truvia or your drink will be far too sweet. Personally I am working on eliminating the sugar altogether and going with the natural flavors. Mint and Lime are both strong flavors so once you get used to things with no sugar you may find as I have that they can be quite delicious without being sweet.

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