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 aid in weight loss and heart health and has 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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