This strawberry mojito, sweetened with just a little bit of agave nectar, is easy to make and a perfect spring or summer patio drink.
Spring is springing up here in Atlanta, and that means it’s time for sitting on the porch, sipping bright, warmer-weather cocktails. I love a good mojito, and this week I wanted to come up with a fresh mojito recipe to celebrate. Mojitos are super fun to mix up, and this simple strawberry mojito only has six ingredients, unless you count ice. But I know that you’re not some kind of ice-counting monster.
This recipe does use a little bit of agave to bring out the strawberries’ natural sweetness, and you can help that along a bit more by hulling the strawberries before you chop them for your strawberry mojito. The hull is a white piece in the center of each strawberry that tastes…kind of blah. Here’s a graphic showing how to hull the strawberries for this recipe:
If added sugars are not your thing, you can definitely reduce or omit the agave nectar in this recipe. In fact, if you have some luscious, ripe, thick-of-summer strawberries, I encourage you to taste your strawberry mojito before you add ice, then sweeten to taste, if needed. Don’t sweeten after you add ice, though. The ice cubes will cause the agave nectar will thicken up and not dissolve. Stir it in thoroughly before adding the ice!
Agave Strawberry Mojito
Yield: 1 strawberry mojito
- 2 ounces light rum
- 1/4 cup hulled and chopped strawberries
- juice of 1/2 a fresh lime
- 2 tablespoons loosely packed mint leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon agave nectar
- sparkling water
- 1 strawberry, for garnish
- In the bottom of a rocks glass, muddle the rum, strawberries, lime juice, mint leaves, and agave nectar together. Make sure the agave is really well-incorporated.
- Less-Sweet Variation (If you are cool with the amount of agave in this recipe, just skip on ahead to step 3!): If you want to shoot for a lower-sugar drink, muddle together everything in step 1 except the agave. Then taste, and add the agave, if needed, 1/8 teaspoon at a time. Remember that the sparkling water will dilute the rum a bit, so you’re not trying to totally mask the boozy taste in this step.
- Top the glass off with ice, then with sparkling water. Garnish with a strawberry, and serve.