The mojito is a delicious and popular cocktail which originated in Cuba. The traditional mojito consists of rum, club soda, lime juice, mint leaves, and sugar or simple suryp and is served in a highball glass. The traditional mojito is already low calorie; however, the mojito can made with even less calories with simple substitution of honey instead of processed sugar/simple syrup. Honey is sweeter than sugar; therefore, you will need less honey to make the drink just as sweet as the traditional recipe, thus making the drink have even less calories.
What You Will Need
- Mint Leaves
- Limes & Fresh Lime Juice (either fresh squeezed or a product such as "Real Lime")
- Club Soda
How To Make a Low Calorie Mojito
The first step in making a delcicious low calorie mojito is to muddle the honey and mint leaves together in the bottom of a glass with a muddler. If you don't have a muddler, you can use a wooden spoon. Another trick if you are a bit lazy, you can muddle the honey and mint together in a blender. Doing this, you can make an entire pitcher of mojitos in the blender rather than making each mojito individually in glasses. Because honey is thick and sometimes difficult to use, try microwaving the honey very briefly (approximately 5 seconds) in a small prep bowl prior to muddling it with the mint. This will make the honey more fluid and allow you to use less which equals less calories.
Next, add the rum and fresh lime juice to the muddled honey and mint leaves. Try using coconut rum (or any other flavored rum you enjoy) instead of regular rum as a delicious alternative to the traditional mojito. If you are squeezing fresh lime juice yourself, don't forget to roll the lime on the counter prior to juicing it so that the lime will yield as much juice as possible.
Fill the glass with ice and top with club soda. Place the top of a martini shaker on top of the glass and shake to combine. If you do not have a martini shaker, you can mix the drink with a stirrer or spoon instead.
Garnish the drink with a slice of lime and mint leaves and enjoy!
Another twist for making a delicious low calories mojito is that you can add fresh or frozen blueberries for a blueberry mojito. If you combine the tip above of using coconut rum with the blueberries, you will have a delicious, low-calories tropical cocktail.
Beware of the Hangover
Enjoy your mojito but if you drink too many you may have to worry about getting a hangover! If you are planning to enjoy a long night of delicious low calorie mojitos (and with less calories why not enjoy an extra two or three drinks?), make sure to take steps to prevent a hangover. If you wake up one morning after a night of too many low cal mojitos, make sure that you have a few tricks to cure a hangover so that you don't spend the day in pain.