Light Mojitos with Honey Simple Syrup

Hi! Happy almost-Friday ?

Did you know tomorrow is National Mojito Day??

Light mojitos with honey simple syrup

Regarding “food holidays,” I think some are pretty awesome (Chocolate Pudding Day!) and some are kind of boring. Apparently one day last week was National Eat Beans Day. Eat Beans Day?! This is where everyone in my [Hispanic] family (including yours truly) collectively shakes their head and says, “Everyday is eat beans day.”

But National Mojito Day? I’d like to celebrate that ?

light mojitos for two

The Pilot is the king of mojitos. He uses powdered sugar, so you can’t taste the alcohol, and they’re minty, sweet, and will punch you in the face if you know what I mean. 

I decided to make a lighter version, because I recently learned that you can use equal parts honey and water to make a simple syrup and was excited to give it a whirl.

Light Mojitos with Honey Simple Syrup

So, I made a little simple syrup with equal parts honey and water,

making honey simple syrup

making honey simple syrup

and allowed it to cool to room temperature. After that, I added lots of fresh mint, lime juice, rum, and sparkling lime water.

ingredients for light mojitos

Shake it,

shake it up

pour it,

pouring the light mojito into a mason jar

drink it. 

A refreshing summer cocktail, indeed.

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try!



Light mojitos with honey simple syrup

A refreshing and delightful summer cocktail!

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10



For the honey simple syrup

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water

For the mojito

  • 1.5 oz honey simple syrup
  • 1.5 oz clear rum
  • 3 oz lime sparkling water
  • 1 heaping tablespoon fresh mint
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • a few lime slices for garnish


  1. Make the honey simple syrup by heating the honey and water on medium until dissolved. Reduce heat to low, stir for a minute or so and remove from heat to cool to room temperature.
  2. For the cocktail, combine the simple syrup, rum, mint, lime juice, sparkling water and a few ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Shake and serve over lime slices with extra mint for garnish.


  • Store extra simple syrup in a jar in the fridge as it will keep well for at least a couple of weeks.


  • Serving Size: 1

Some more of my favorite healthier summer cocktail recipes:

Smirnoff Light Cocktails

Summer Sangria

Lucky Irish Girl (it has no season)



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