The first time I ever had a mojito was last August, when Grumpy and I went on our cruise. 
You know how when you have been on vacation, you usually need a vacation from your vacation to recuperate?  This year that probably won’t be the case for me because I actually stayed home during my vacation.  However, I wish I could go on another cruise this year.  It was the best time of my life.  Grumpy and I were very relaxed – despite the fact he had just been laid off from work and despite the fact that I had been recuperating from my neck surgery.  I actually think that vacation was a very healing time for the both of us in many ways.  While our problems didn’t go away – they seemed to be non existent while we were on our cruise.  Maybe that is why I long for another 10 days of pure Caribbean pampering.  I definitely think we deserve one!  It will probably be a few more years before we can go again though.  I guess I just need to be thankful we had the opportunity to go and all the events of last year didn’t stop us from going!
If only…….
In any case, we can still bring memories of that vacation back by enjoying some of the drinks we enjoyed on that cruise that helped relax us so much into our present.  Like the mojito.  Sitting on our front porch on a warm evening with one of these in hand.  Relaxing and talking.  While it isn’t a cruise ship, it can be peaceful and is the best way to relax for now.
adapted from
10 mint leaves
2 teaspoons confectioner sugar
Juice of one lime (amount will vary – if the lime is not juicy – I would use 2)
2 shot glasses rum (I go with Bacardi)
2-3 shot glasses of club soda
1 packet splenda*, optional and to taste (I like mine on the sweeter side)
Muddle the mint, confectioner sugar and a small amount of lime juice to release the flavor of the mint.  (Muddling is bruising the mint leaves).  I use my mortar & pestle to do this.
Place muddled mint mixture in tall glass, place remaining lime juice, rum, club soda and splenda in glass and stir to combine. Add enough ice to bring liquid to top of the glass.
*We went with splenda and confectioner sugar because they dissolve quickly.  You can use a simple syrup if you have that available.  I don’t recommend using granulated sugar as it does not dissolve as quickly and you could end up with way too sweet of a drink.

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Grumpy and HoneyB June 4, 2010 at 11:18 am - Reply

    lol, just in case your wondering….that is me drinking a mojito. ;o)

  2. pegasuslegend June 4, 2010 at 11:49 am - Reply

    We have a crusie planned in August you look like you were having a ball I cant wait now…glad you relaxed!

  3. bellini valli June 4, 2010 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Yes I do believe you deserve another holiday after the events of the past year Shelby.Five weks in Greece made me realize I never want to work again or at least do something else.

  4. Jason June 4, 2010 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Nothing beats a good mojito!

  5. Medena (-Melitta-) June 4, 2010 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    I have a huge fear of going on a cruise ship, but do pass one mojito! 🙂
    Love your blog header! I am on a vacation now, reading through your blog posts 😉

  6. Cooking with Kait June 4, 2010 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Mojitos are one of my favorite drinks and what a perfect drink to have on a cruise. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  7. teresa June 5, 2010 at 3:37 am - Reply

    mmm, if you can't be on the islands, at least you have a fabulous drink to make you feel like you are! fun post, i love the pics!

  8. Suzanne aka vivisue June 5, 2010 at 4:38 am - Reply

    Mojitos RULE! This is one fine refreshing beverage. Make mine a double!!

  9. Jessie June 5, 2010 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    I wish I can go to the Caribbean and lay on the beach sipping on a mojito!

  10. Nan June 5, 2010 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Honey B…it is always good to hear that somebody had fun on a cruise: my experiences 1)cruise with brother-in-law and wife while they were going through a divorce 2)cruise where I got a stomach virus the morning of the cruise that lifted the final night 3)cruise planned for my father-in-law, whose health was too bad at last minute and we went anyway, with formerly mentioned brother-in-law and current companion 4)Rhine River (Germany) day cruise where fog so bad we could not see the shore. On the up side: 1)Greek Isles cruise, except for bad food 2)Mosel River day cruise with gorgeous blue skies. I am so not a cruise person……….

  11. gail June 5, 2010 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    It's hard to say which I would prefer if I could only have one…. but I guess I could make do with mojitos if I can't have the Caribbean!

  12. vanillasugar June 7, 2010 at 12:37 am - Reply

    girl you've been missing out all those years. well at least you finally had one. i love mojitos. and caphirenas. (sp?)

  13. Linda June 7, 2010 at 12:48 am - Reply

    I have never tried a mojito, but yours looks so tempting…

  14. Robin Sue June 11, 2010 at 2:38 am - Reply

    I haven't had one of these in too long! Must fix that soon. I have a ton of mint growing in my potted plant boxes- mint and peppermint. I also saw mojito sugar cookies today too. Will have to try both!!

  15. Natasha June 15, 2010 at 2:38 am - Reply

    I grew up in the Caribbean and I miss it too! It's been five years since I was last back home; maybe this year will be the year…
    Oh, and gotta love mojitos; that mixture of rum and sugar, on the beach , with your hunny, not a care in the world; it's hard to top that.

  16. BarbaraK June 27, 2010 at 12:32 am - Reply

    How did I miss this post? I am glad you had a great cruise! we have taken 2 caribbean cruises (even though we live in the caribbean!) and they have been great! As a former bartender though, I have to say I HATE to make a mojito! Sooo time consuming when you are busy (muddling and all), but they sure taste good!

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