Virgin Mojito

Virgin Mojito

Virgin Mojito
Virgin Mojito

Last Saturday started off very well with a splendid early morning concert followed by a hearty breakfast with some good friends. I then decided to go to the bank to complete some work and that was the mistake. By the time I got to the bank, it was about 10:00 AM and a baking 40°C. I was out and about in the open sun for just a few minutes but that was enough to do me in.

By the time I got home at 10:45 AM, all I wanted was to cool down. By the time I cooled down sufficiently, my father mentioned that he can feel the cloth of his “easy chair” swing a bit. At first I did not pay much attention but then I felt the mild swaying too. At first I thought I was a bit light-headed but then put on the TV to see the breaking news about the earthquake in Nepal. It was just a few minutes after the event and the extent of the disaster that was to unfold was still unknown.

After a few minutes began the din from the apartment complex opposite ours which is under going a face lift. So the afternoon siesta was not a very relaxing one. Then I decided to add to my own misery by stepping out for a brisk walk in the evening.

So by about 7 PM I was rather out of sorts and if I were the drinking sort, would have certainly downed a peg or two. 😀 Since I do not keep alcohol at home, I decided to calm down with a Virgin Mojito.

A simple drink made of lemon juice, sugar syrup, fresh mint and water/soda, a Mojito is very very refreshing and my drink of choice on many an occasion that we dine out. This is the first time I have made a Virgin Mojito at home and am very glad that I made it.

One confession though: The amount of sugar in one glass of the Virgin Mojito came as quite a shock to me and left me wondering what else I poison myself with when I dine out!

How to Make Virgin Mojito

Serves: 4 Tall glasses

Time: 10 Minutes


  1. Fresh Mint Leaves – 1 Cups
  2. Fresh Lemon Juice – 6 tbsp
  3. Sugar – 6 to 8 tbsp
  4. Chilled Soda or Water – 2.5 Cups
  5. Ice Cubes or Crushed Ice


  1. Chill four tall empty glasses.
  2. Over medium heat, boil the sugar in 1/2 cup water till it dissolves completely to form a thick syrup.
  3. Let the syrup cool.
  4. Bruise or crush the mint leaves lightly to release the aroma.
  5. To each of the chilled glasses:
    • Add 1.5 tbsp lemon juice.
    • Fill 1/2 of the glass with ice cubes or crushed ice.
    • Add 1/4 cup of lightly crushed mint leaves.
    • Add 1/4 the sugar syrup.
    • Top with chilled water or soda.
  6. Mix well.
  7. Sit back and enjoy the Virgin Mojito.


  • You can reduce the amount of sugar or use a sugar substitute.
  • You can make a large pitcher of Virgin Mojito rather than individual servings like I have.
  • Be sure to bruise the mint leaves as otherwise you won’t get the minty fresh taste of a Mojito.
  • Do not add the mint leaves to the lemon juice concentrate or they will soon turn black.
  • You could reduce the amount of mint, but I do love my mojito to be minty. 🙂


  1. Wha a day you had. So very sad about what has happened in Nepal but what a releif that all you felt was a mild tremor (although incredible when you think about it). Gorgeous drink, I think you probably needed the sugar to help you recover!

  2. Aruna, hope you didn’t feel any tremor! There were rumours that it was felt in different parts of India too! As you relaxed with that cool Mojito, I guess everything is fine!

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