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 minutes



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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  1. Dominique @ Eat, Pray, Lift on July 10, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Well, this sounds amazing even before 800, which probably says something about me. 😉 Speaking of food holidays, now I need to figure out when National Tamale Day is celebrated…

    • Fitnessista on July 10, 2014 at 11:01 am

      that should also be everyday 🙂

  2. Jackie on July 10, 2014 at 10:57 am

    The perfect summer drink!

  3. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on July 10, 2014 at 11:16 am

    This looks delicious and perfect for a hot summer day! Thanks for sharing :D!

  4. Amber Schumann on July 10, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!! This is on the to-do list for sure. I like muddling a couple pineapple chunks into my mojitos 😉

  5. Sarah on July 10, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Love this idea! Although, I would add the sparkling water after shaking it so it doesn’t go flat. I love the bubbles. 🙂

  6. Laura @ She Eats Well on July 10, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Those look so refreshing. I love mint-anything. Also I’ve never heard of using powdered sugar in mojitos…good to know for when I really want to kick it up. Ha.

  7. Tracy on July 10, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Mmmmm! Sounds so refreshing right now even though it’s only 11am!!! Hahaha

  8. Courtney on July 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Can you use raw honey for this recipe?

  9. Carolyn on July 10, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks for the awesome idea! I’ll be making these for my 21st birthday this weekend 🙂

  10. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on July 10, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    mojitos are one of my favorite cocktails! thanks for the honey idea 🙂

  11. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on July 10, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I’m not a rum girl. It’s too sweet for me! I bet this would be good with vodka though.

  12. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on July 10, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    This looks so amazing!!

  13. Emily @ Glitz Glam Gluten-Free on July 10, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Mmm I love a good mojito!! I had no idea that you could make simple syrup with honey either– that’s too cool! Can’t wait to give these a try!

  14. Erin @ The Almond Eater on July 10, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    National Mojito Day ehhh?! I might have to make myself a drink! Sounds delicious.

  15. Britt@MyOwnBalance on July 10, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Oh I love moijitos! Wishing more than anything I could have one of these right now!

  16. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on July 10, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Hello perfect summer drink! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Kim on July 10, 2014 at 4:48 pm


  18. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on July 10, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I love using honey over refined sugars! I might virtually celebrate National Mojito Day with you!

  19. shaina on July 10, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    waaaaah I want to celebrate National Mojito Day. 🙁 Also, WHERE did you get that glass?! Mason jar with a handle plus chalkboard?! Amazing.

    • Fitnessista on July 10, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      thank you! they were a gift from my stepmom but i think she got them at pier 1

  20. Hayley@healthyregardshayley on July 10, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I love that you made a simple syrup with honey!

  21. Alex @ Kenzie Life on July 10, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    These look so refreshing! I would have never thought to use honey and water for a simple syrup, and I’m wondering if agave nectar would achieve the same result? Maybe not since honey is more viscous? I should give it a whirl just to be sure, right?

  22. Kimberly on July 10, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    These look so refreshing!! Is it just me, or are drinks tastier in a cute glass?

  23. Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine on July 10, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Great version! I always order drinks without the simple syrup- so this honey variation is something I might try at home!

    These food holidays are all so strange! Who makes them up anyway? The food councils, that who I think. I used to live in Korea, and they celebrated a holiday all about these cookies called Peppero (like little skinny cookie sticks dipped in chocolate). The kids would all bring boxes of them to school and share with their friends. It was actually a huge holiday there- stores would have out big gift baskets filled with treats and those cookies, and even adults would buy gifts for their friends. That food manufacturer sure was successful with his “food holiday!”

  24. Melissa @ Mango About Town on July 10, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    This cocktail looks delicious and it just so happens I have some rum that needs drinking…

  25. Bridget on July 10, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    I love mojitos and so happy that mojito day lands on a Friday! Tomorrow will be fun! I might try to use this recipe with stevia and see what happens!

  26. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on July 10, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    My husband likes to make mojitos too and I’m always looking for a “skinny” version for me. In fact, I usually just have him (or bartenders) use Splenda instead of simple syrup, but this is a great option too.

  27. Giselle on July 10, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    How do I always miss these fun days of celebration! Yum! Love that you used sparkling lime water. Might have to have a belated celebration tomorrow 🙂

  28. Brandie @ Spoon And Saucer on July 11, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Looks delish! Glad I could help with the simple syrup 🙂

  29. Bron on July 11, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Ooo I did NOT know but now we’ve booked in a date night at the local place I’ve been dying to try. Mojitos are my fave

    Saving the date for next year – Mojito party! With a MYO mojito bar (watermelon, lychee, spicy… )

    My husband makes a lemony drink with simple syrup but would prefer honey (it just normally goes solid when he puts it in) but I’ll give him this recipe!!


  30. Polly @ Tasty Food Project on July 11, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Mojitos are one of my favorite drinks! I’m definitely pinning this!

  31. Runner Girl Eats on July 11, 2014 at 6:06 am

    I love mojitos! Thanks for sharing…I know what I will be making after work today 🙂

  32. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on July 11, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Simple. Light. Refreshing. Perfect!

  33. Nicole on July 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    YUM! I cannot wait to try this!

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