These refreshing Strawberry Mojitos are the ultimate Summer Cocktail! They are made with a homemade strawberry simple syrup, plenty of freshly squeezed lemon juice, muddled mint, and Gin for a twist on a classic mojito.
Summer is my absolutely favorite time to create cocktail recipes with fresh fruit. You may have already tried my Blackberry Lemonade Mojitos or Mango Jalapeño Margaritas, but this Strawberry Lemon Mojito is bound to be a new favorite! While traditional Mojitos are made with Rum, I decided to spice things up and make this drink with Gin instead.
This recipe uses simple ingredients for a flavorful, perfectly sweet, and absolutely delicious Strawberry Gin Smash!
- Fresh strawberries
- Sugar (for simple syrup)
- Water (for simple syrup)
- Fresh mint
- Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
- I made these mojitos without lime juice, but you can sub it 1:1 for lemon juice if desired!
- I used Malfy Con Limone Gin. Can easily sub with Rum for a more traditional mojito flavor.
- Sparking Water (I used Lemon La Croix)
- Crushed Ice (though any ice works)
How to make homemade mojitos
First, make the strawberry syrup for cocktails
I like to make the simple syrup a day ahead of time to really concentrate the strawberry flavor. However, it really only needs to be made an hour before making the cocktails so it has enough time to chill in the fridge.
First you're going to chop up strawberries, removing the green stems. Then, add the strawberries, sugar, and water to a saucepan and stir together. Turn on the heat and bring to a simmer. All the sugar should dissolve and the mixture should simmer about 5 minutes to really break down the strawberries. The simple syrup is done once the water turns a pink color.
After that, just pour into a container and store in the fridge for 1 hour-24 hours before making the cocktails. P.S- DO NOT strain the strawberries! I recommend keeping them in the cocktail for the best flavor.
Muddle the syrup & mint in a glass
Once you are ready to make the cocktails, start by adding 3 Tbsp of the strawberry simple syrup and about 4 torn mint leaves to a glass. Then muddle together using a muddler.
Add in the remaining ingredients & mix
After that, add in the sparkling water, fresh lemon juice, ice, and gin! I recommend adding the ice before you add the sparkling water as the ice makes it fizz. Otherwise, the order you add the ingredients in doesn't matter! Then, mix together with a spoon or stirrer.
P.S- since I know I'll get asked, these glasses are actually from Goodwill. Truly one of my favorite places to purchase cocktail glasses!
Garnish with extra strawberries and mint
While this step is totally optional, I like to garnish these Strawberry Gin Cocktails with a fresh slice of strawberry and some mint to really bring the cocktail together. Then, sip & enjoy!
FAQ & Expert Tips:
My favorite gin for mojitos is Tanqueray and Malfy. I have used both in this cocktail and highly recommend them. However, at the end of the day as long as you like the flavor of the gin it will likely go well in this cocktail. Also, you can easily sub Rum 1:1 for Gin in this recipe for a more traditional mojito.
If you don't have a muddler, just use a long spoon and gently press down on the mint so it gets gently bruised and use it to crush up the larger pieces of strawberries.
This recipe makes enough simple syrup for 4-5 cocktails depending on how much water evaporates when cooking. If you have leftover simple syrup, it can be stored in a closed container in the fridge up to 1 week. Since it has fresh strawberries in it, I don't recommend storing much longer than that for the best flavor.
I truly hope you love these refreshing & easy Strawberry Mojitos! They are one of my favorite cocktail recipes to make when having friends over and the recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to serve to a crowd. Enjoy!
Looking for more summer cocktail recipes? Check out these SGTO favorites!
Strawberry Simple Syrup
- ¾ cup water
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 cup chopped strawberries
Cocktail Ingredients (Makes 4 Cocktails)
- ¾ cup strawberry simple syrup (made above)
- 4 mint leaves, torn/chopped
- 9 oz gin (or rum)
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 12 oz lemon sparkling water
- 2 cups crushed ice (more or less as desired)
- First, make the strawberry simple syrup. I like to make this the day before, but at the very least make the syrup 1 hour before making the cocktails.
- Chop up the strawberries and add them to a saucepan with the sugar and water. Mix together and bring everything to a simmer, stirring frequently. Cook at a simmer for about 5 minutes until the strawberries begin to break down and the syrup turns pink.
- Remove the simple syrup from the stove, let cool, and add to a closed container. Place the container in the fridge for at least 1 hour to chill and to continue infusing with the strawberries. Do not strain the strawberries out.
- Once the syrup has finished chilling, make the cocktails.
- To make one cocktail add 3 Tbsp of the strawberry simple syrup and 4 mint chopped mint leaves to a glass. Muddle together with a muddler. Then, fill the glass with ½ cup crushed ice, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, 3 oz sparkling water, and 1.5 oz gin.
- Garnish each cocktail with an additional sliced strawberry or mint. Then, serve and enjoy!
- Strawberry Simple syrup can be stored in a closed container in the fridge up to 1 week. It is best enjoyed within 1-4 days of making.
- I recommend purchasing a Muddler & Jiggler Set to make this cocktail.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 308Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 39gProtein: 1g
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