POPSUGAR Celebrity

Happy Hour: Lemonade Mojito

Aug 29 2008 - 2:30pm

The other day, I cohosted a barbecue so, of course, I served a signature cocktail. As an added challenge, the barbecue was actually a baby shower, and the guest of honor was pregnant. So I searched for a recipe that would be just as refreshing without booze as with it.

I dug this recipe out of my recipe file, ripped out of InStyle [1] magazine years ago and just waiting for its moment. It's great for big groups since it can be made in large batches, and I like that it uses vodka instead of the usual rum, since I have a lot of friends who find rum off-putting.
It's very tart and sufficiently sweet, and without the vodka, it's just a minty homemade lemonade. To get the recipe, .

Lemonade Mojitos

Lemonade Mojitos


  1. 1/2 cup mint leaves, plus mint sprigs for garnish
  2. 1 cup sugar syrup (recipe follows)
  3. 5 cups club soda
  4. 4 cups vodka
  5. 4 cups fresh lemon juice
  6. 2/3 cup superfine sugar


  1. To make the sugar syrup, heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water over low heat, stirring with wooden spoon until sugar has dissolved. Stop stirring and increase heat to medium. Simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool; refrigerate 2 hours before using.
  2. In large bowl, muddle 1/2 cup mint leaves with sugar syrup.
  3. Stir in club soda, vodka*, lemon juice, and 2/3 cup superfine sugar. Chill.
  4. Pour into ice-filled pitchers with lemon rounds and mint sprigs; serve in tall glasses.

* To make a nonalcoholic batch of lemonade, reserve the vodka and add 1 1/2 ounces to each glass before pouring.

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