Start to Finish: 5 to 10 minutes

Servings: 2

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Skipping the booze doesn’t mean you can’t have a spirited beverage. With fresh, flavorful ingredients such as fresh lime and muddled mint, you won’t even miss the rum in this refreshing Nojito — a virgin spin on the classic Cuban cocktail. Once you have the basic recipe down, you can experiment by using different sweeteners and optional add-ins, and switching sparkling water for a different carbonated beverage to create a mojito mocktail that’s custom-tailored to quench your thirst and tickle your taste buds. This recipe has been adapted from Food & Wine.

You have many options for varying the flavor of this mocktail. When you crave a break from the classic lime and mint combination, try one of the following:

  • Add a few shakes of Angostura bitters to the cocktail shaker before muddling the ingredients. In addition to cutting the sweetness of the drink, bitters add a deep complexity to the taste.
  • Reduce the amount of lime by half and add a handful of fresh berries, sliced peaches or fresh mango to the cocktail shaker for a lightly fruity version. For bolder fruit flavor, add 1 to 3 ounces of pomegranate juice to the glass.
  • Switch to a different soda, such as ginger ale or lemon-lime, for an instant flavor change.