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Virgin Mojito Recipe: Cucumber Honey “Nojito”

April 7, 2024

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The warmth of the sun is calling me outside more and more these days, and I love it. Soon enough, though, it will be summer, and we’ll be sweating profusely, looking for relief. And when I need some refreshment, few drinks hit the spot for me like a “Nojito.” This is a non-alcoholic take on the classic mojito cocktail that’s easy to make and absolutely restorative. And this is my favorite virgin mojito recipe.

Chris Loves Julia Non-Alcoholic Mojito Recipe (Nojito)

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From what I’ve read, the origins of the mojito can be traced back to Cuba. It could be as far back as the late 1500s, using sugarcane juice (guarapo) as a primary ingredient. Some think people working in the Cuban sugarcane fields concocted a similar beverage to curb disease. Mint has a cooling effect, as well as relieve headaches and colds and soothe gastric problems. I use mint several times a week throughout the summer, and it makes everything better.

Chris Loves Julia Non-Alcoholic Mojito Recipe (Nojito)

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While we can only guess at the origins of the mojito now, I’ll happily claim this non-alcoholic version. I first made it last year for a dinner party and it’s been a frequent favorite ever since. And it goes great with some simple barbecued chicken.

I’m not a drinker, but I love to learn from how mixology uses flavor – mint and lime being two of my favorites. I also love the use of tonic water in this drink instead of Sprite. Either works great, but the tonic water bring something a little more interesting with its natural bitterness. I added in some honey and cucumber to really make it “summer,” and I think you’ll love this virgin mojito recipe.

Cucumber Honey “Nojito” (Virgin Mojito)

An alcohol-free version of the classic cocktail. So simple, so refreshing, and so tasty. Can be made in bulk in a pitcher for larger groups
Course: Drinks


  • 4 slices cucumber
  • 4-5 leaves fresh mint plus a little more to garnish
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 wedge fresh lime
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1.5-2 tbsp simple syrup
  • 10-12 oz tonic water


  • sprite this can be used in place of simple syrup and tonic water if desired.


  • To a tall glass, add the cucumber, mint, honey, and lime wedge.Using a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon, gently muddle (press and mix) the mix, being careful not to break the mint up into too small of pieces.
  • Add the ice, simple syrup, and tonic water, and mix with a long spoon. Enjoy!

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  1. Jess Spruill says:

    What could I use to substitute the simple syrup. I’m on a paleo diet. Thanks!!

    • Chris Loves Julia says:

      You could use a raw honey simple syrup and it would be delicious. Try 1 part honey to 1 part warm water.

  2. Linda says:

    Thanks for a great recipe since I can’t have alcohol due to medications I take. I also can’t have tonic water. What do you think of using ginger beer?

    • Chris Loves Julia says:

      Ginger beer would be really tasty, for sure! That or Sprite, club soda or sparkling mineral water. All would be fine.

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