Strawberry basil mojito is a refreshing summer drink made with fresh strawberries, basil and lime.

two tall glasses of strawberry mojito with basil and lime

Cheers to the weekend! Today I’m sharing my recipe for strawberry mojitos with basil. Fruity, refreshing and the perfect amount of sweet, you will want to make a whole pitcher of this strawberry basil mojito.

Entertaining is a constant theme on my blog so it only makes sense that I start sharing more cocktail recipes, right? Spring is perfect timing to get the ball rolling as the weather gets warmer and people begin entertaining outside.

strawberry basil mojito ingredients in bowls labeled with text
photo collage demonstrating how to make strawberry mojito with basil

Overview: How to make strawberry mojitos

  1. Make the strawberry simple syrup: Bring water, sugar and strawberries to a boil. Then remove from heat, cover and let cool to room temperature.
  2. Muddle basil: Place basil leaves in a pitcher and muddle to release flavors.
  3. Combine ingredients: Add lime juice, strawberry simple syrup, rum and seltzer. Stir to combine and let mixture sit for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with limes and fresh strawberries.

Make ahead tip: Strawberry simple syrup may be stored in a mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

tall glass of strawberry mojito garnished with basil and a strawberry slice

Frequently asked questions

Can I use mint instead of basil? Yes, mint is an easy substitute for basil in this recipe.

Can I use frozen strawberries? Yes, defrost strawberries before using them in the simple syrup.

Can store-bought lime juice be used? Yes, but it doesn’t have as much flavor. Fresh limes are better in my opinion.

Summer refreshments are my favorite. A popular one is frosé (aka frozen rosé). It’s also made with strawberry simple syrup and served with fresh strawberries. If you prefer mint in your cocktails, try my mint-infused blueberry cocktail. It’s similar to a blueberry smash and is incredibly delicious!

You can also try making a classic mojito from scratch (recipe from Downshiftology).

glass pitcher pouring strawberry mojito into two glasses

Basil adds a depth of flavor to the mojito and compliments strawberries nicely. To make sure its flavor is evident in the mojito, muddle the leaves between your fingers for a minute before adding it to the cocktail.

The cocktail tastes all the better when the basil has a few minutes to infuse itself into the mojito. If you enjoyed this recipe, be sure to leave a review below and tag @ifyougiveablondeakitchen on social media.

two strawberry basil mojitos in glasses

Strawberry Basil Mojito

Strawberry basil mojito is a refreshing summer drink made with fresh strawberries, basil and lime.

Ingredients

Strawberry Basil Mojito

  • 12 or so basil leaves
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice,, about 3 limes
  • ½ cup strawberry simple syrup, recipe below
  • ½ cup white rum
  • 1 cup seltzer/soda water
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced strawberries, about 5 medium-sized strawberries
  • Ice

Strawberry Simple Syrup

  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup thinly sliced strawberries, about 5 medium-sized strawberries

Instructions 

Strawberry Basil Mojito

  • Massage/muddle the basil leaves to release flavor and place them in a pitcher. Add the lime juice, strawberry simple syrup, rum and seltzer. Stir to combine. Add strawberries. Allow the mixture to sit for at least 10 minutes before serving.
  • To serve, place ice into four highball glasses. Pour the strawberry mojito mixture over ice and garnish with lime wedges from the remaining strawberries.

Strawberry Simple Syrup

  • Combine water, sugar and strawberries in a medium pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, remove the pot from the heat and cover. Let the simple syrup come to room temperature (this will take about 30 minutes).
  • Set a strainer over a bowl and pour in the room temperature simple syrup. Lightly press the strawberries to remove any excess simple syrup. Discard strawberries.

Notes

Make ahead tip: Strawberry simple syrup may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Double the recipe for more servings!
Serving: 1mojito, Calories: 190kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 38mg, Potassium: 58mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 32g, Vitamin A: 63IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 2mg


Recipe inspired by The Endless Meal.

Share This: