Refreshingly sweet and slightly bubbly, this Strawberry Basil Mojito is the perfect summery cocktail. With only a few simple ingredients and a homemade strawberry simple syrup, this is an easy and tasty cocktail.
Strawberry Basil Mojito Recipe
With fresh strawberries that are bursting with flavor filling the shelves of grocery stores and local farmers’ markets everywhere, using them as the main ingredient is a must. Personally, I’m happy to eat strawberries straight from the barrel, but using them as the key to many recipes is also a favorite.
The first sip of mojito I ever tasted was on a hot summery day in the Hamptons. I was toasting my friends to a future of perfect summer days ahead. Instantly I loved the sweet and fresh mint flavors combined with the rum. I’ve since made the drink many times, and this sweet basil version is also full of delicious flavor.
The strawberry and basil form and tasty combination that’s part sweet anise-like mixed with bursting sugary fruit flavor. This cocktail is also refreshing and perfect for those long summer days.
What is a Mojito?
The standard mojito is made up of rum, lime juice, sugar, mint, and a splash of soda water. The combination of citrus, sweet, and mint flavors makes for a refreshing cocktail that comes from Cuba. Typically this drink is made with rum and poured over ice and is most commonly served during the summer.
Ingredients in Strawberry Basil Mojito
Strawberry Basil Mojito ingredients are simple, and that includes the strawberry simple syrup.
- White Rum: using rum is the base of this cocktail that makes it an adult drink. You can also use spiced rum, but the smoothness from the white version is key.
- Strawberry Simple Syrup: simple syrup is just sugar and water heated together until the sugar melts. By muddling the strawberries into the syrup is adds more flavor and sweetness.
- Lime Juice: the lime juice helps the strawberries keep their bright color as well as balances the other flavors.
- Fresh Basil: the sweet anise-like flavor of the basil muddled into the drink mixed together perfectly with the strawberries.
- Soda Water: a splash of soda water at the end mixes all the ingredients together and gives the cocktail a sparkling finish.
- Garnish: sliced strawberries and basil leaves make the perfect topper to this bubbly beverage.
How to Make a Strawberry Basil Mojito
The mojito has a few steps in preparing it. If you make a large batch of strawberry simple syrup then you can easily pull this cocktail together quickly.
Other Mojito Flavor Combinations:
With the mojito being a standard cocktail it’s easy to make flavor options like the strawberry basil mojito. Below are some delicious options to try.
- Pineapple Coconut Mojito: swap the strawberries for pineapple and switch the water in the simple syrup for coconut milk. Use mint instead of basil and you’ve got one delicious drink.
- Mango Mojito: change the strawberries to mango and the basil to mint. Then add an additional 1 ounce of mango vodka.
- Mixed Berry Mojito: Use mixed berries instead of just strawberries, and mint instead of basil.
- Champagne Grapefruit Mojito: use 1 ounce of rum, 1 ounce of grapefruit juice, muddle some mint leaves, 2 ounces of simple syrup, and 2 ounces of lime juice. Shake in a cocktail shaker and strain into glasses.
- Strawberry Jalapeno Mojito: swap the basil for jalapeno for one spicy cocktail with a kick.
FAQ’s for Making Strawberry Basil Mojito
If you have any questions not covered in this post please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you with answers.
Can this recipe be made into a large batch?
Of course! Just double, triple, or quadruple the ingredients to get the exact amount you’d like to serve.
Can I use different alcohol?
Yes! You can change the rum for vodka and gin and it will still be a delicious and bubbly cocktail. Typically mojitos are made with rum so it won’t really be a mojito anymore, but it will still be tasty.
Can I use a different fruit?
Yes! You don’t have to use the combination of strawberry and basil and in fact, the options are endless for flavors. Try some of the flavors listed here, but you can easily swap the strawberries for any other berry.
Can this mojito be made into a mocktail?
Yes! By leaving out the rum and substituting a little more soda water you’ll have a delicious and refreshing drink.
Strawberry Basil Mojito
- Small Saucepan
- Cocktail Shaker
- 2 ounces White Rum
- 2 ounces Strawberry Simple Syrup recipe below
- 1/4 cup Lime Juice freshly squeezed
- 8 Fresh Basil Leaves
- 4 ounces Soda Water
Strawberry Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup Water
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 5 Strawberries hulled and sliced
Strawberry Simple Syrup Instructions
- Place the water, sugar, and strawberries into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir the ingredients until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Remove from the heat and cover, let sit for 5 minutes or until the ingredients have cooled.
- Use a fork to mash the strawberries into the mixture and then strain it through a mesh sieve to remove any seeds or large pieces.
- Pour the rum, simple syrup, lime juice, and basil leaves into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake the ingredients vigorously and then pour into two glasses filled with ice.
- Add a splash of soda water on top and garnish with sliced strawberries and fresh basil leaves.