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Mojito

The mojito (a classic Cuban cocktail) is a blend of rum, sugar, lime juice, mint leaves and club soda. We’re keeping the sugar low in this version and swapping granulated sugar (or simple syrup) for honey. It’s delicious, easy, refreshing and the best mojito around!

The mojito (a classic Cuban cocktail) is a blend of rum, sugar, lime juice, mint leaves and club soda. We're keeping the sugar low in this version and swapping granulated sugar (or simple syrup) for honey. It's delicious, easy, refreshing and the best mojito around!

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. I also gravitate toward rum and vodka-based cocktails that are clean, crisp and not fermented from grains. Case in point: the Bacardi rum used in this recipe is fermented from molasses.

Now, I’m not a big drinker, but when I do have a cocktail I want it to be the best. I want it to have the highest quality liquor, freshest ingredients and taste amazing – like today’s mojito recipe.

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What Ingredients are in a Mojito?

A classic mojito is made from five ingredients: white rum, sugar, lime juice, mint leaves and club soda. And the mojito recipe I’m sharing with you today includes all of those items.

But instead of granulated sugar (or simple syrup) we’re swapping honey – and using half of the amount traditionally used. So I guess you could consider this more of a skinny mojito cocktail recipe.

I also highly recommend you use fresh limes and not packaged lime juice. In a cocktail recipe with few ingredients, the quality of the ingredients really matters. And you’ll definitely notice a more vibrant flavor with fresh limes.

The mojito (a classic Cuban cocktail) is a blend of rum, sugar, lime juice, mint leaves and club soda. We're keeping the sugar low in this version and swapping granulated sugar (or simple syrup) for honey. It's delicious, easy, refreshing and the best mojito around!

The mojito (a classic Cuban cocktail) is a blend of rum, sugar, lime juice, mint leaves and club soda. We're keeping the sugar low in this version and swapping granulated sugar (or simple syrup) for honey. It's delicious, easy, refreshing and the best mojito around!

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 which have been aged longer have a bolder flavor.

I use Bacardi Superior, also known as Bacardi Silver in this mojito recipe. It’s a white rum that’s high quality and easy to find.

The mojito (a classic Cuban cocktail) is a blend of rum, sugar, lime juice, mint leaves and club soda. We're keeping the sugar low in this version and swapping granulated sugar (or simple syrup) for honey. It's delicious, easy, refreshing and the best mojito around!

How do you Make a Mojito?

To make the best mojito add 10-12 fresh mint leaves to a highball or collins glass. A glass in the 12 ounce to 14 ounce range is perfect. Add a teaspoon of honey and the juice from one lime (which equals two tablespoons of fresh lime juice).

Use a muddler to gently press on the mint leaves to help release their natural oils and aroma. A big mistake (as I mention on the video above) is over-muddling and breaking apart the mint leaves. Don’t do that as it creates mint shrapnel in your cocktail, which invariably gets caught in your teeth (not sexy) and releases the more bitter compounds from the mint leaves. A soft and gentle muddle is all that’s needed.

Next, add 2 ounces of white rum which is the larger end of a cocktail jigger and use a cocktail spoon to stir everything together and make sure the honey is fully dissolved in the lime juice and rum.

Fill the glass with ice cubes until it’s nearly full, then top it off with club soda. Add a fresh sprig of mint, pop in a straw and enjoy the best mojito recipe.

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The mojito (a classic Cuban cocktail) is a blend of rum, sugar, lime juice, mint leaves and club soda. We're keeping the sugar low in this version and swapping granulated sugar (or simple syrup) for honey. It's delicious, easy, refreshing and the best mojito around!

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Mojito

The classic mojito recipe is a 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 above to see how quickly it comes together!

Ingredients

  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • club soda

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. Pour in the rum, then fill the glass 2/3 of the way full with ice.
  3. Top it off with club soda, add a sprig of fresh mint, add a straw and enjoy.

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.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 1 cocktail, Serving Size: 1 cocktail

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 163.4
  • Sodium: 26.6mg
  • Carbohydrates: 9.5g
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Sugar: 6.5g
  • Protein: 0.2g
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20 comments on “Mojito”

  1. 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!!

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  2. 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.

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  3. Love a good classic mojito recipe!!! So refreshing!

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  4. This certainly does look refreshing! Love that it’s a lower sugar version by using honey!

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

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  6. So love your use of honey in this mojito instead of simple syrup/sugar. Gorgeous photos too!

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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…

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  9. Going to have to try this one.  Hope you have a great bday week.  

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  10. Wishing you LOTS of celebratory moments for your birthday this year!!! :)