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Fresh Strawberry Mojito Cocktail

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Fresh Strawberry Mojito Cocktail

This refreshing Fresh Strawberry Mojito cocktail is bright, tangy, and delightfully sweet. You can easily double or triple the recipe to serve a crowd!

Fresh Strawberry Mojito Cocktail // FoodNouveau.com

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Every spring, when the first baskets of strawberries from Île d’Orléans appear at my local market, I know summer is (finally) here. Île d’Orléans is a large island sitting on the St. Lawrence River, just 20 minutes outside of Québec City. The island is largely rural, which earns it the nickname “Québec City’s pantry.”

Among all the delicious fruits and vegetables cultivated on the island are strawberries, and these strawberries have the reputation of being among the best (if not the best) in the province. Île d’Orléans strawberries are sold all around the province, and every year, I feel lucky to be able to enjoy them, knowing they were picked mere hours before I got to buy a basket.

Strawberries from Île d'Orléans are said to be among the best in the province of Québec // FoodNouveau.com
Photo Source: Les fraîches du Québec

Of course, every year, I eat baskets and baskets of strawberries, but I also love to make desserts with them. Some of my favorite strawberry desserts include a spectacular galette, an elegant gelato, and some crave-worthy cookies. But a few years ago, I had strawberries that were so perfectly plump and juicy and so incredibly sweet that I immediately thought of turning them into a strawberry mojito cocktail.

Fresh Strawberry Mojito Cocktail // FoodNouveau.com

I love mojito cocktails: they’re so delicious and easy to make! Plus, I always have mint growing on the patio every summer, so making one is very often my Friday afternoon treat. This fresh strawberry mojito cocktail is made with a bright red strawberry puree, which sweetens the drink just so. The zesty lime juice nicely balances out that sweetness and makes the cocktail incredibly refreshing. Make one (or three) and cheer to a never-ending summer! One can always hope, right?


Helpful Tips for Making Strawberry Mojito Cocktail


Use the freshest, ripest strawberries you can find

Super ripe summer strawberries are the sweetest and the juiciest. They’re also the most aromatic, which means they make the best puree and, in turn, the best strawberry mojito cocktail.

If you can’t find top-quality strawberries, or if you find yourself craving this strawberry mojito cocktail slightly out of season (I wouldn’t blame you!), you can use frozen strawberries, which are generally packaged at their ripest.

Macerated fresh strawberries to make Strawberry Mojito // FoodNouveau.com

Make the strawberry puree in advance

You can make larger batches of the strawberry puree and freeze it for later. Be extra clever and freeze it in Les fraîches du Québec so you can always reach for the perfect quantity needed in a cocktail!

Use the strawberry puree anywhere and everywhere

This beautifully bright pink, super sweet strawberry puree is so delicious, you will find yourself wanting to drizzle it anywhere and everywhere—as you should! Add it to your morning yogurt or granola, serve it over gelato or cake, turn it into popsicles, or simply enjoy it by the spoonful. You can’t go wrong!

Fresh Strawberry Mojito Cocktail // FoodNouveau.com

Swap in basil for a different flavor profile

A mojito is usually made with mint, and this strawberry mojito cocktail is delicious with it. But for a change, try swapping in fresh basil. Strawberry and basil go wonderfully well together, and you’ll be amazed at the aromas they can add to this cocktail!

Double or triple this cocktail recipe to serve a crowd

It’s really easy to scale up this recipe for strawberry mojitos. Double or triple the quantities or more—why not make a full pitcher of it to treat a group of friends at cocktail hour?

The ingredients required to make Strawberry Mojito // FoodNouveau.com

 
Fresh Strawberry Mojito Cocktail // FoodNouveau.com

Fresh Strawberry Mojito Cocktail

This refreshing Fresh Strawberry Mojito cocktail is bright, tangy, and delightfully sweet. You can easily double or triple the recipe to serve a crowd!
Prep Time:10 mins
Servings 1 cocktail

Ingredients

For the fresh strawberry puree

  • 1 cup packed hulled and quartered fresh strawberries
  • 1 large fresh mint leaf
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar

For the strawberry mojito cocktail

  • ½ oz freshly squeezed lime juice (about ½ lime)
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 oz fresh strawberry puree
  • 1 oz white rum
  • 1 oz simple syrup (see note)
  • 4 oz soda or sparkling water
  • ice cubes

Instructions

  • For the strawberry puree: Add the strawberries, mint, and sugar to a blender. Blend until very smooth. (You can also use a stick blender or a mini food processor to puree the strawberries.)
  • Strain the puree and discard the seeds and bigger bits of mint. Refrigerate in a jar or an airtight container for up to 1 week. You will have more puree than you need for 1 cocktail: freeze the remaining puree in an ice cube tray to portion it out for future strawberry mojito cocktails.
  • To make the strawberry mojito cocktail: To a shaker, add the lime juice and mint leaves. Using a muddler or a wooden spoon, crush the mint leaves to release their flavor into the lime juice. Add the fresh strawberry puree, rum, and simple syrup, and top with 4-5 ice cubes. Shake vigorously, then strain into a tall glass. Add 3 or 4 ice cubes, then top off with soda or sparkling water.
  • Garnish with a fresh strawberry, if desired, and enjoy immediately.
  • NOTE: How to make simple syrup: In a small saucepan, combine ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar with ½ cup (125 ml) water. Bring to a simmer to fully melt the sugar into the water. Remove from the heat, transfer to an airtight jar and let cool completely. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

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Author: Marie Asselin

Prep Time: 10 mins

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  1. 5 stars
    We had a little get-together Saturday and I made your mojitos. They were a big hit with our friends.

  2. 5 stars
    My husband loves traditional mojito, and I decided to surprise him with your lovely strawberry version. He and his friends loved it… It is defenetly our new must have coctail for parties, thanks!

  3. The sun is here and shining beautifully. Looking for many summer drinks recipes that are not delicious but involves fruit too. Making this one this afternoon, looks so refreshing!

  4. 5 stars
    What a fun and refreshing twist on a classic mojito! I especially love this idea for strawberry season when there are such delicious berries available!

    • It’s the best time to make this cocktail! In-season strawberries are so juicy and sweet; eating a handful is actually what inspired me to create this cocktail!

  5. 5 stars
    This is now my go to summer drink. It is sooo pretty and easy to sip on. I also tried it with the basil as you suggested, both great options!

  6. 5 stars
    Such a beautiful summer cocktail! Sounds so delicious and refreshing and would brighten up any tablescape this season ^_^

  7. 5 stars
    This is so so refreshing and delicious! I loved using fresh strawberries in it. Such a fun, summery drink!

  8. Sugar dissolved in hot water! Simply heat 1 part water to 1 equal part sugar (1 cup water to 1 cup sugar, for example), and heat together until sugar is dissolved and syrup is translucent (there’s usually no need to boil it). You can bottle this syrup and keep it in the fridge for a really long time.