In this family, we usually just drink water and kombucha. We don’t drink dairy-free milks or anything else on a regular basis (with the exception of the once-in-a-while LaCroix). That’s what makes these Virgin Maple Mojitos an extra special treat in our house.
Paleo Mojito Recipe
I’ve been making these mojitos for a while but always made them with refined white sugar before switching to a cleaner diet and lifestyle, but making them with maple sugar brings a whole new depth of flavor to this already delicious drink. The kids love when I make them and they get the fancy sprig of mint and lime wedge on the rim.
For the first 3/4 of my life, I didn’t even know what a mojito was. My husband introduced the drink to me and I was instantly sold. Freshly muddled limes and mint leaves, it doesn’t get much better than that. And it’s so satisfying crushing the two together and smelling the fragrant oils of the mint release and blend with the lime.
In my opinion, mojitos are best made glass-by-glass, not bulk in a pitcher. Leaving the crushed mint leaves and juiced lime rinds keeps the strong flavor in the glass, not brewing away in a pitcher, being wasted. Plus, it’s a much more festive way to serve the drinks, with additional mint and limes garnishing the glass.
I like to use my tart tamper to mottle because (A) it works, and (B) it’s one less kitchen utensil I need to purchase. If you have neither a tart tamper or a muddler, just use whatever you’ve got in the kitchen that can crush up the mint leaves and smush the juice out of the lime wedges.
If you’re wanting to serve these mojitos at a dinner-party, picnic, or any event where you’d be making more than a handful, you could get all the limes/mint/maple sugar muddled in each cup and then when ready to serve, add the ice and sparkling water. The perfect party drink!
Virgin Maple Mojito
- 10 leaves Fresh Mint
- 1/2 Lime cut into 4 wedges
- 1 Tbsp Maple Sugar
- Ice Cubes
- Club Soda or Sparkling Mineral Water
Place mint leaves and 1 lime wedge into a sturdy 8oz tumbler. Using a muddler (or a tart tamper), crush the mint leaves and the lime, releasing the lime juice and mint oil.
Add 2 more lime wedges and the maple sugar and crush again until you have a good amount of juice and the sugar has started to dissolve. Do not strain.
Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. Pour the club soda/sparkling water over the ice. Stir, taste, and add more sugar if desired. Garnish with the remaining lime wedge and a sprig of mint leaves. Best enjoyed with a straw to keep mint leaves in the glass and not in your mouth.