This frozen mango mojito mocktail is a refreshing riff on the classic mojito with mangoes, fresh mint leaves, fresh lime juice, and a vanilla-orange simple syrup that will make you forget there’s no rum in it.
- Prep Time:
- Cook Time:
- Total Time:
15 mins *
* Plus steeping time for simple syrup
We do love mojitos around here. It’s our favorite drink to order when we go out. This frozen mango version is just another excuse to make more. And since they are nonalcoholic (and I’m a light-weight), I can make a whole lotta ’em.
Not your plain ol’ simple syrup
Sure, you could make a mocktail by just omitting the alcohol from your favorite mojito recipe but that just feels like you’re denying yourself something good. Why not replace the alcohol with something that’s got some personality and doesn’t require a lot of extra effort.
The simple syrup for this mango mojito mocktail recipe is infused with vanilla, orange, and lime. It evokes flavors of a white rum but has its own distinct flavor profile. The recipe below uses lime zest but if you love the aroma of kaffir limes, you can use kaffir lime leaves instead for an even more unique flavor.
For the orange and lime zest, use a vegetable peeler to carefully peel off large pieces of the colored part of the skin with as little of the white pith as possible.
These frozen mango mojitos are a refreshing riff on the classic mojito with mangoes, mint, lime juice, and a vanilla-orange simple syrup that adds a flavorful twist. They are nonalcoholic so you can enjoy them all day long.
For vanilla-orange simple syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3–4 wide strips of zest from 1 medium navel orange (see Note 1)
- 3–4 wide strips of zest from 1 large lime (see Note 1)
For mango mojito
- 4 cups peeled and diced fresh mango chunks
- 6 tablespoons vanilla-orange simple syrup
- 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 4 cups ice cubes
- 8–10 mint leaves
- Optional garnish: mint sprigs, lime slices and/or dried orange slices
For the vanilla-orange simple syrup
- Heat. In a small saucepan, stir together the sugar, water, vanilla extract, orange zest, and lime zest; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir until the sugar is dissolved, 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Steep. Cover the saucepan and let steep for 45-60 minutes.
- Strain and chill. Using a slotted spoon, strain out the orange and lime zest and discard. Chill the simple syrup until ready to use (see Note 2).
For the mango mojito
- Blend. Place the mango chunks, simple syrup, lime juice, ice, and mint leaves in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve. Pour the mango mixture into glasses and garnish as desired.
- Use a vegetable peeler to remove the colored part of the peel with as little white pith as possible.
- To quickly chill the simple syrup, put the saucepan into a bowl of ice water being careful not to get any water in the pan. Stir the syrup until it is cold.
Keywords: mango mojito slushy, mango mocktail, mojito mocktail