A mojito is the perfect, refreshing cocktail in my opinion. But then I fell in love with this Honeycrisp apple juice. It’s ridiculously delicious. And it seemed like the right thing to do to add it to a mojito recipe. And because I’m a big fan of vodka recipes, I swapped out the rum for vodka. Add in the mint and you’ve got a twist on a classic cocktail that I just know you’re going to love!
This Apple Mojito Recipe is easy to make, just as refreshing and a little bit sweeter than the classic. It’s one of those yummy drinks that is just as perfect for spring as it is for fall!
I was sent a few bottles of Tree Top Honeycrisp Fresh Pressed Apple Juice to create these cocktails.
Mojitos were my jam when I was 21. I don’t remember where I had my first one, but man did I like them. And then I learned to make them at home (sometimes with tequila like in this Patron Mojito). Tree Top was a sponsor of a recent conference I attended and they served this Honeycrisp Fresh Pressed Apple Juice in their booth with fresh herbs. I fell in love with it.
It doesn’t taste like regular apple juice. It’s SO much better. It’s the perfect amount of tart and sweet and the flavor is crazy amazing. So, of course, I had to make a cocktail with it. It just seemed right. I wouldn’t have thought that a mojito recipe could get even better with apple juice but it totally did.
How to Make an Apple Mojito with Apple Juice
I had never heard of honeycrisp apples until a few years ago. I’ve always shunned red apples in favor of the tart Granny Smith. But there is something about the honeycrisp that I can’t get enough of. Unfortunately, neither can my sons. They currently aren’t in season as demonstrated by the $13 I just spent for 5 apples at my grocery store on my last trip. But I can’t quit them.
This honeycrisp apple juice is easy to find at your store in the non-refrigerated juice section. Go get it. And then make a mojito with apple juice. When I set about wanting to work this juice into a cocktail I tried a lot of different things. I mixed it with tequila. Nope. I tried some rum. Nuh uh. I didn’t want this cocktail to read too “fall”, which apple juice can easily do.
A mojito? No, that would never work. Would it? As I was three cocktails in at this point, I decided to give it a shot. (I didn’t drink all of those first two cocktails, or did I???) But guess what? A mojito recipe with apple juice is AMAZING! It was super refreshing and an awesome summer drink. This apple juice mojito recipe is really easy to make and the only specialty ingredient you need is the Tree Top honeycrisp apple juice (which I promise is not hard to find like some specialty items). Elderflower drinks were so hot a few years ago. I’m guessing you have a bottle of that already. If not, it is also not hard to find.
You don’t have to make a mojito in a cocktail shaker, I like to because it gets everything super chilled which is what you want in a summer drink. Plus I skip the carbonated water so you don’t spray yourself with your drink if you do shake it up. Not that that has ever happened before… Squeeze in some fresh lime juice.
Add your fresh mint and muddle gently. Add the apple juice. Let me just pause here to tell you how hard I had to fight my kids off this bottle of juice. They were so into it, based on our obsession with honeycrisp apples plus they like to be all up in my business when I’m trying to save things for blog posts. AND I wanted to make sure I got some of the rest of the juice once this post was done. Next I added the vodka and the elderflower liqueur.Then ice. Because cocktails are fantastic when they are icy. Shake well. And pour over ice. I know you can get more mint flavor if you muddle the leaves right in the glass you are drinking from but I still got the mint flavor this way too. I think the mint and the fresh lime juice really brighten the cocktail. The elderflower gives it a slight floral note and the result is this super delicious, flavorful but light and extra refreshing drink. I love bitters for finishing off a cocktail and adding a little more aroma. The one I used had flavors of grapefruit and hibiscus mixed with island spice flavors.Top this apple mojito with fresh mint and drink up! I will be making these again for sure. And I’ll probably have a glass of the Tree Top honeycrisp apple juice every morning also. If you haven’t had it, go find it! If you like easy mixed drinks, you’ll love this twist with apple juice is sure to be your new favorite summer cocktail.
More cocktail recipes to try:
Printable Apple Mojito Recipe
Mojito Recipe with Apple Juice
- 4 oz Tree Top Honeycrisp Fresh Pressed Juice
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz elderflower liqueur
- Juice of half a lime
- 12 mint leaves plus some to garnish
- 4 drops flavored bitters optional
- To a cocktail shaker add your fresh lime juice and about 12 mint leaves.
- Muddle the mint into the juice.
- Add the apple juice, vodka and elderflower liqueur.
- Add ice and shake well.
- Strain into a glass of ice (I used a tall glass, but any will work. I think traditionally these are served in rocks glasses)
- Top with flavored bitters and garnish with mint.
- Drink up but enjoy responsibly!
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Doesn’t this apple mojito recipe sound so good?! I’m sure it would work with regular apple juice too but that honeycrisp juice is extra special!