A virgin grape mojito recipe that has an amazing twist to it from the spicy (very spicy) habenaro peppers. A mocktail that will knock your socks off with the very first sip you take.

Virgin Grape Mojito

What’s new in my world? Well, for starters, my house is currently void of Thai chilies (Indian green chilies or bird eye chilies). Apparently, there is some sort of US FDA ban on it. Whether the ban is permanent or temporary, I have no idea. This news, however is making quite a few Indian ladies pull their hair out in frustration (Shampoo companies, here is your untargeted market :P). You see, a lot of everyday Indian recipes call for the use of green chili for flavor, punch, spice and whatever makes your ears smoke when you have Indian food.

Grape photographs

Me, I took the news with a pinch of salt! LIE! (Every time that I try to lie on the blog, the keyboard types the word lie by itself and makes me confess the truth too! :D) Anyways, I moped and sulked a little. Yes, a little. You see, I don’t take bad news very well. Considering that this affects a lot of my recipes, and the fact that I cribbed about it to Nachiket for just 5-10 minutes is proof enough that I only sulked a “little”!

Chili Mojito

That little background story brings us to our recipe today, Virgin Grape Mojitos with habenaro peppers. Before I proceed, I have to tell you (without any bias, this being my recipe and all) that these virgin grape mojitos were by leaps and bounds one of the most tantalizing non-alcoholic beverages that I have had in a long-long time!

Non-alcoholic mojito

Now, where were we? Yes, the big green chili ban of 2015. This ban led me to experimenting with a few other species of chilies (or peppers if that’s what you call it) and one of them was habenaro peppers. Oh boy! Oh boy! If you think Sriracha is hot, if you think Indian food is hot, then, wait till you taste this. Aaaargh! I think I am just beginning to comprehend what hot means! 😀

Grape & Mint Soda

Well, I used this heat in the best possible ways. Of course, my everyday Indian cooking too. I just sliced them up and stuck them in the freezer. I now use 1 or 1 ½ slice of these habenaro peppers in place of 2-4 Indian green chilies. That apart, I created these virgin grape mojitos.

Virgin Grape Mojito

If I had to pick a handful of recipes from the blog that any newbie follower of Yummily Yours’ must try, this virgin grape mojito recipe would definitely make the list!

Here is the recipe for:

Virgin Grape Mojitos with Habenaro Peppers


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4



  • 1 – 1 1/2 cup of seedless grapes
  • 10-15 mint leaves
  • 1-2 thin slices of habenaro pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • Salt to season
  • Club Soda or Sparkling water to serve


  1. Crush all the ingredients together except club soda and lemon juice.
  2. Once you are happy with the amount of grape crushing, add the lemon juice and let the crushed concentrate rest a few minutes.
  3. Filter the concentrate and add a little of the crushed bits into each glass.
  4. Add chilled club soda and serve.

My Take:

Lemongrass would make a great substitution for mint.

Add some alcohol in if you are looking for a not-so-virgin mojito.

Deseed the peppers or skip it altogether if you cannot tolerate spice. However, the spice adds a thrilling flavor to the drink.

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  2. The habaneros sure have my attention! The drink looks great!!

  3. Adding grapes to a drink? This is wonderful idea and how could I never think of this? It really sounds refreshing and comforting. A wonderful summer drink 🙂

    • Thank you Maggi 🙂 Although the grapes were refreshing, the flavor that the peppers created along with the grapes was more enticing 🙂

  4. Very interesting. would be great with some Vodka in it 😉

  5. This is absolutely stunning! You had me already at the grape mojito part, then I saw the habenaro and I was like wow, sooo amazing! Can’t wait to try this out!

    • Oh ya! I really think the flavors work wonders together. Thanks Evi! You must make it for a Friday evening 🙂

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