This fun and fruity mocktail recipe is a twist on the classic mojito. It is perfect for long summer days.
A few things you should know about me: I have a bit of a sweet tooth, I LOVE fizzy drinks and I am partial to a cocktails the second the sun comes out. I don’t deal particularly well in the heat – unless I’m wearing something floaty, sat next to a swimming pool and sipping a mojito.
We’ve been having a heatwave now for well over two weeks and it doesn’t look like it is going anywhere. The problem is I can’t keep coming home, sticking my feet in a bath of cold water and making yet another cocktail. So instead I’ve started turning my hand to virgin cocktails – or “mocktails”.
Leaving out the booze makes mocktails lighter both in terms of flavour and calories – win-win for the summer months!
We grow mint in our kitchen garden (mainly for mojitos, but also for my pea, mint and broad bean salad as well as a few other dishes!) We also have some rather overgrown, unwieldy raspberry canes down by our apple trees.
So when I was sunning myself in the garden I decided I’d pick a few of the ripe berries and make a mocktail with them and the mint. A fruity mojito seemed like the best idea. I’d leave out the sweet rum and replace it instead was passion fruit!
I scooped out the bright yellow pulp of the passion fruit and muddle it with the fresh raspberries at the bottom of a tall glass. (This is definitely served best as a long drink). A good handful of ice cubes and some fresh mint was added to the glass before I topped it all off with some soda water and garnished with a few mint leaves and another raspberry or three.
The results? A Raspberry and Passion Fruit virgin Mojito, which tasted like sunshine and cooled me down perfectly.
When Jon came out in the garden and saw me sitting in the shade, sipping my mocktail he was rather jealous. Luckily for him although I’ve written this recipe so that it serves 1, it can easily be scaled up for 2 or more people.
Raspberry and Passion Fruit Virgin Mojito
This fruity twist on the classic mojito is perfect for hot summer days.
- 5 mint leaves fresh
- 1/2 lime juice only
- 1 tsp white sugar
- 1 passion fruit pulp
- 5 raspberries fresh
- 1 cup ice cubes crushed
- 200 mililitres soda water
Muddle together the mint leaves, lime juice, sugar, passion fruit pulp and raspberries in a tall glass.
Top the glass up with crushed ice before pouring over the soda water.
Not for kids…
Of course if you wanted to make this boozy you could just add 25mls (1 shot) of Barcadi (or any other good quality white rum).