Light and refreshing this Frozen Cucumber Mojito Mocktail is the perfect summertime drink. Make a glass or two just for yourself or a pitcher to share with friends!
Spring is here and as I work outside today for the first time this year I am surrounded by the sounds of lawnmowers and screaming kids. A sure sign that summer is on its way!
Last year Lou, my husband, built me a herb garden and I planted a few plants of mint. Little did I know that mint grows like a weed. I know it is a weed, but I did not expect it to be such a greedy weed taking over the whole garden. But it wasn’t a bad thing really because it just meant I needed to keep up with high levels of mint consumption via mojitos!
I tough task. And after a few days of regret over drinking ALL the mojitos with abandon, I quickly shifted to mojito mocktails.
You may ask? Was I not getting sick of mojitos? Never! There are so many amazing ways to drink them. Strawberry mojitos, pineapple mojitos, cucumber mojitos. Just think of a fruit…. and add mojito to the end of it.
what makes this cucumber mojito great?
- It only takes a few ingredients
- A great way to drink your veggies
- You’ll have minty fresh breath
- No added sugar
- Easily scales up to a pitcher
- You can make it into a cocktail by adding a shot of white rum if you like
What Does mojito Mean?
Mojito means a drink using white rum, mint, lime juice, sugar and soda.
Some wonder if it is Spanish slang for “little mojo”. Mojo meaning charming or a magical charm is said to possibly be derived from an African word for witchcraft “moco”. And then the Spanish suffix “ito” meaning little. No one really knows for sure but if you drink too many you may think you are totally charming while your friends may see you just as annoying.
Ingredients & Substituions
- Cucumber – Sliced with the skin on. English cucumbers work best in this recipe because the skin is relatively thin. You can use garden cucumbers but the skin tends to be thicker and a little bitter sometimes so if using this variety of cucumbers peel off the skin first.
- Mint leaves – Fresh mint is best and a key ingredient to any mojito.
- Lime juice – You will need one or two limes to get a 1/3 cup of lime juice. You can use store-bought lime juice in a pinch but again fresh is always better.
- Club soda – Sugar-free and low in calories. Substitute with any sparkling water if you prefer. Lime or lemon will work best but watermelon, peach or mango will work well too.
- Ice – leave this out if you prefer a cucumber mint agua fresca.
how to make mojito mocktails
Add one cup of crushed ice, 10 mint leaves and one sliced cucumber to a blender.
Top with 1/3 cup fresh lime juice and a 1/2 cup of club soda. Blend on high until crushed. If too thick add in a little more club soda. Pour evenly between two glasses and serve with a sprig of mint and/or a wheel of lime.
Like your mojitos sweeter?
To make this recipe a little sweeter add 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar or honey to the blender before blending. Adjust the sugar up or down to taste.
Making a pitcher of frozen mojitos?
To make a pitcher of this simple recipe just make triple the amount and pour into a tall pitcher. To do it all in one blender first blend everything but the ice and then add crushed ice separately like and mix well.
Does this recipe have to be made frozen?
No. If you prefer to have this non-alcoholic mojito al fresca, meaning fruit a fruit and water beverage, just leave the ice out and and a 1 cup more soda or too taste.
Can this cucumbe drink be made into a cocktail?
Absolutely! Traditionally a mojito is made with 1 1/2 oz of white rum. To make this cucumber drink a cocktail just add the rum to the blender prior to blending. Or if you are making one glass acholic and the other a non-alcoholic drink, add the rum after blending and pouring into the glasses and then just use a stir stick to stir the rum into the cocktail version well.
Other mocktail recipes to try
Frozen Cucumber Mojito Mocktail
- Chopping Knife
- Measuring Cups
- 1 English cucumber washed and sliced
- 10 mint leaves washed
- 1/3 cup lime juice
- 1/2 cup club soda
- 2 cups crushed ice
- Place 1 cup of crushed ice in a blender along with the sliced cucumber, mint, lime juice and soda.
- Blend on high.
- Pour evenly between two tall glasses and serve with a sprig of mint or a wheel of fresh lime.