A beautiful combination of light rum, honey, strawberries, mint and lime – a fun, refreshing cocktail perfect for spring.
I fell in love with mojitos during a trip to Puerto Rico. I went to Puerto Rico for a trial team competition my third year of law school. After we were done competing (we won second place in the competition out of 20+ teams!), we were able to explore the city of San Juan and enjoy some vacation time.
I was obsessed with the food and drinks in San Juan. Our meals consisted of perfectly seasoned and cooked chicken, sweet or savory plantains, and of course, mojitos!
The mojitos were the perfect combination of sweet, minty, boozy, and acidic. You could also choose from different fruity flavor combos, such as mango, guava, strawberry, or raspberry. They were also perfect to sip on while catching some rays at the pool. They became my favorite warm weather cocktail.
As soon as it starts to warm up in Chicago, I immediately crave a mojito. They are easy to find at most bars ands restaurants. The problem I face when I get them out is they can tend to be too sweet – I always ask for light simple syrup. I found I prefer to make them at home so I can control the amount of sugar being added.
Then I came up with an even better idea – omit all refined sugar and add honey instead. Honey has this rich, floral, nutty flavor that adds depth of flavor to the drink, instead of just sweetness. Honey also pairs perfectly with strawberries, which are starting to become prevalent at the grocery stores again, so this became a strawberry honey mojito.
Let’s get to shaking.
A mojito is a muddled cocktail. Muddling means to press down the ingredients with a muddler so they release their fresh flavors into the cocktail. Mint is the perfect ingredient to muddle because it’s mint flavor is enhanced when it is gently pressed.
We are using a honey simple syrup instead of white sugar. To make the simple syrup, heat equal parts honey and water in a sauce pan, just until the honey is dissolved. Allow to cool before using in the cocktail.
To the bottom of a cocktail shaker, add strawberries, mint, lime wedges, and the honey simple syrup. Use a muddler (or the bottom of a wooden spoon) and press the ingredients into the bottom of the glass. Muddle. Muddle. Muddle. We are extracting all those beautiful flavors.
Next, add in the rum and ice. Seal tightly and vigorously shake the cocktail to help marry all the flavors together. This is when I like to do a little cocktail shaking dance. I can’t help bust a move because the cocktail is almost ready to be enjoyed.
Pour all of the contents of the shaker into a high ball glass and top with club soda. The club soda helps cut the sweetness and acidity from the honey and lime and makes the cocktail bubbly and fun to drink.
We have to make the cocktail pretty, so I garnish it with a lime wedge, a bundle of mint, and a strawberry.
Take a sip and be transported to a beautiful beach in Puerto Rico. The traditional flavors of lime and mint are crisp and refreshing The addition of honey adds the perfect amount of sweetness, while also giving the mojito a slightly nutty, floral note. And then the strawberries give it a fruity flavor, that just brings the whole drink together.
It’s downright delicious!
Ok, I need to go make one and enjoy the weekend. I hope you do the same!
Strawberry Honey Mojitos
A beautiful combination of light rum, honey, strawberries, mint and lime - a fun, refreshing cocktail perfect for spring.
Honey simple syrup
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup water
- 2-3 tablespoons honey simple syrup
- 3 ounces white rum
- 1 lime cut into slices
- 4-5 mint leave more for garnish
- 2 strawberries 1 more for garnish
- Club soda
To make the honey simple syrup, heat honey and water in a pot until the honey is dissolved into the water. Set aside and let cool.
To make the mojito, add mint leaves, 2 lime wedges, 2 strawberries, and honey simple syrup to the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Muddle with a muddler until the mint leaves are slightly broken down. Do not over muddle so mint leaves brown. Add ice and rum and shake.
Pour (not strain) the cocktail into a high ball glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with extra mint leaves, a ,lime wedge, and a strawberry.
Sip and enjoy!