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This classic mint mojito is one of my go-to summer cocktails. It’s quick to make with five simple ingredients and flavored with refreshing, citrusy, minty-fresh goodness. Perfect to enjoy on hot summer days or lounging around a pool.

Mint mojito in a glass.
Photo: Gayle McLeod

Why You’ll Love This Mojito Recipe

When it comes to cocktail recipes I’m a pretty simple girl. I definitely gravitate toward easy-to-make, lower-sugar cocktails with few ingredients. And this mojito (a classic Cuban cocktail) is one such drink. Plus, it takes me back to soaking up the sun in Miami, Florida while on vacation – the place where I fell in love with mojitos! But let me tell you why making your own version at home can be so much better:

  • You can make it a skinny mojito cocktail. White a traditional mojito uses granulated sugar (or simple syrup), I’m swapping in honey, and using half the amount traditionally used. Voila, a skinny version!
  • You can use high-quality ingredients. I’m not a big drinker, but when I do have a cocktail I want it to be the best. So in today’s mojito recipe, I’m using high-quality liquor (see my tips below) and the freshest ingredients for an amazing taste! 
Ingredients to make a mojito cocktail on a table.

Mint Mojito Recipe Ingredients

  • Rum: White rum is the ideal choice for mojitos, but I’ll go into more detail below.
  • Lime Juice: I highly recommend using fresh limes instead of packaged lime juice. In a cocktail recipe with few ingredients, the quality of the ingredients matters. And you’ll definitely notice a more vibrant flavor with fresh limes.
  • Mint Leaves: Grab a handful of fresh mint leaves. You’ll muddle some (to infuse the mint aroma and taste into the cocktail) and add a few fresh sprigs for garnish.
  • Club Soda: Just a splash is needed to give the drink extra sparkling fizz.

Which Rum Is Best For A Mojito?

An authentic mojito (as you’d find in Cuba) uses white rum. White or light rums have a sweet, subtle flavor, and dark rums that have been aged longer have a bolder flavor. My favorite rum is Bacardi Superior, also known as Bacardi Silver. It’s a white rum that’s high in quality and easy to find.

Muddling mint in a glass.

How To Make A Mojito

  • Add the mint, honey, and lime juice to a glass. Add 10 to 12 fresh mint leaves to a highball or Collins glass. A glass in the 12-ounce to 14-ounce range is perfect. Then, add a teaspoon of honey and the juice from one lime (which equals two tablespoons of fresh lime juice).
  • Muddle the mint leaves. Use a muddler to gently press on the mint leaves to help release their natural oils and aroma. A big mistake is over-muddling and breaking apart the mint leaves. Don’t do that as it creates little mint bits in your cocktail, which invariably get caught in your teeth and release the more bitter compounds from the mint leaves.
  • Add the rum. Add 2 ounces of white rum, and use a cocktail spoon to stir everything together. Make sure the honey is fully dissolved in the lime juice and rum.
  • Add the ice. Fill the glass with ice cubes until it’s nearly full, then top it off with club soda and a fresh sprig of mint.
Adding ice to a mojito glass.

Mojito Flavor Variations

  • Strawberry Mint Mojito: You’ll keep the recipe as is, but add 3 fresh strawberries with all the ingredients at the first step. Then muddle it with the mint leaves to break up the strawberry and infuse the rum.
  • Orange Mint Mojito: You’ll do the same as the strawberry mojito, but add half of an orange, sliced into wedges to make the muddling process easier.
Two glasses of mojito with fresh mint.

More Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy

I can’t wait for you to try this mint mojito! If you do, I’d love to hear about your experience with this recipe in the comment box below. Your review will help other readers in the community.

Two glasses of mojito with mint leaves.

Mojito Recipe

4.95 from 20 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: Lisa Bryan


Mojito is a classic rum cocktail made from five simple ingredients. We're keeping the sugar low in this version and swapping granulated sugar (or simple syrup) for honey. Watch the video below to see how quickly it comes together!




  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 lime, juiced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • club soda


  • Muddle together. Add the mint leaves, honey and lime juice to a highball or collins glass. Use a muddler to gently muddle the mint leaves, but don't muddle too much as you don't want to break the leaves up.
    Adding the mint leaves, lime juice, and honey to a glass.
  • Add the rum and ice. Pour in the rum, then fill the glass ⅔ of the way full with ice.
    Adding the rum and ice to a glass.
  • Finish it off. Top it off with club soda, add a sprig of fresh mint, and enjoy!
    Two mojito cocktails on a table.

Lisa’s Tips

  • I use one teaspoon of honey in this recipe (a traditional mojito calls for about 2 teaspoons of sugar) – so half the sugar. But you can use more or less depending on how sweet you like your cocktails.
  • The larger end of a cocktail jigger can range from 1.5-2 ounces. This one I use is 2 ounces.
  • I love this muddler + cocktail spoon combination as it saves space in your kitchen.
  • I also recommend these stainless steel straws (shown above) or glass straws.


Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 163.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.5g | Protein: 0.2g | Sodium: 26.6mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 6.5g
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: mojito, mojito recipe
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Recipe originally published August 2018, but updated to include new photos and information for your benefit!

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About the author

Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. I love a good mojito to spend a leisurely Sunday brunch. And it’s a great use of my homegrown mint. :)5 stars

  2. Mmm, a mojito is my favorite cocktail. Can’t wait until it’s warm enough to make one of these and sit out at my cabin soon! Wonderful idea swapping out the sugar for honey.5 stars

  3. Made this and it was really good. Perfect for the weather in Thailand where I live!!!5 stars

  4. I could use one of these right about now! Looks great, thank you for sharing. Saving to make this weekend :)5 stars

  5. Great recipe. Shall use it next week at at a Top Hat Microsoft function in Redmond Wa State. 5 stars

    1. Thanks, John! Glad you liked the mojito recipe! If everyone likes the recipe at the function, give me a shout out! ;)

  6. I used agave nectar and Cachaca because that’s what I had on hand. I added a couple of ripe strawberries. Woo Hoo – great drink !!5 stars

  7. I absolutely Love mojitos! I made this to your measurements but for me it was too sour and not sweet enough so I did 3 teaspoons of organic agave. (My honey is pure from uncle’s bees and over sugared.) And added a bit more soda water after a few sips. So on next drink I will do half a lime and see how that tastes. Otherwise it’s amazing! Best recipe so far.4 stars

  8. Love the idea of this fresh cocktail! Just have to say your blog/vlog have completely changed my eating!
    I’m loving all of your gluten-free recipes:)
    Thank you and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!5 stars

    1. That’s so wonderful to hear Karen! And thanks so much for the birthday wishes. I truly appreciate it! xo

  9. What a gorgeous looking drink, it looks very refreshing! I love that you have kept the sugar down and added honey instead giving this classic cocktail a healthier twist.5 stars

  10. absolutely love it,favourite cocktail.easy to make and taste very refreshing.can’t wait to give it a try.thanks for the recp.5 stars

  11. I pinned this for later. I love the replacement of the simple syrup with the honey. I also love the tip about not over muddling, because now I realize I always do. I’m on my way to making the best mojito ever.5 stars

    1. I think over muddling is something we’re probably all guilty of doing. Haha! But now you’re next mojito will be the best one yet! ;) x

  12. Happy Birthday!

    The spoon masher thing is great. The recipe sounds very good.

    Oddly, I am headed to visit Cuba.

    I hit 50 myself the first part of September. I remember when 50 was old…5 stars

    1. Thanks so much Glenn! Have a wonderful time in Cuba! And 50 is definitely the new 30, so you’re good to go. ;)