Traditional Lime Mojito With Honey

Mojito cocktail on bar counter

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Total Time: 5 min
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 0 min
Servings: 1

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

169 calories
0g fat
20g carbs
0g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving  
Calories 169
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 18g  
Includes 16g Added Sugars 32%
Protein 0g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 48mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Mojito cocktails are very refreshing any time of year but especially when the temperatures rise because their minty, yet tart flavor adds a cooling effect with the kick of the alcohol.

You really want to crush those mint leaves in a mortar and pestle or any muddling device to extract their essential oils and maximize the flavor and health benefits. Mint has been found to have both anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

White rum is traditionally used in a classic mojito so the beautiful green color from the mint will shine through a clear glass. This recipe makes one mojito cocktail, but the recipe can easily be doubled or tripled by muddling the mint in a larger container and dividing it among the glasses. 

Ingredients

  • 8 mint leaves, fresh
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lime juice (or lime wedges from about a third of a lime)
  • 1 jigger (1.5 ounces) 80-proof white rum
  • Club soda
  • Garnish: fresh mint sprig

Preparation

  1. Put mint, a splash of club soda, and the honey into the bottom of a highball glass or Tom Collins glass (if you like lots of ice and club soda). Muddle by mashing the ingredients together. Traditionally, a muddler, which looks like a miniature wooden baseball bat, is used, but the handle of a wooden spoon or spatula works fine.

  2. Squeeze the juice of the lime into the glass. Add the rum, stirring well.

  3. Fill the glass about three-quarters of the way full with ice. Top off with club soda. Stir and enjoy. 

Variations and Substitutions

While the classic recipe is always a fan favorite, you don't have to settle for a "plain" lime mojito. Here are some great additions that will dial up the flavor and impress your guests:

  • Use a flavored rum to give your mojito that extra twist, without extra effort. Try passion fruit, mango, and other fruit-flavored rum varieties.
  • Add fresh ginger, peeled and grated with a box grater. As little as 1/2 teaspoon adds enough spice but you could add more if you'd like.
  • Add a splash of tropical fruit nectar to top off your mojitos. Mango nectar, guava nectar, and even peach works.

Cooking and Serving Tips

  • Before placing the mint in the glass, tap or slap the leaves to release the essential oils and maximize taste and smell.
  • Be sure not to over-muddle the leaves; massage them gently with a muddler or spatula.
  • If serving in a Collins glass, adding a tall cocktail straw makes a nice and useful touch.

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