I LOVE cocktails. Don’t get me wrong, I also love craft beer, but there’s something about an ice-cold summer cocktail on a hot day that makes even the heat worth it (well sort of). The unfortunate reality is that most cocktails are loaded with a ton of sugar. One 8 oz. mojito can have up to 250 calories and 25 grams of sugar in it. Why did it take me over 25 years to know this? When I found this out, it was seriously depressing. I usually have at least two, sometimes three of these delicious, fizzy, full of minty-goodness beverages, which is almost 40 percent of our recommended daily caloric intake
In an attempt to lower my calorie intake while drinking my favorite cocktail, I came up with a lower calorie option that’s lower in calories and doesn’t disappoint in taste.
- Lime juice from 1/2 lime
- 1 tablespoon Stevia
- 6-8 mint leaves
- 2 oz. Bacardi Gold rum
- 4 oz. Lime La Croix seltzer water
- Place the Stevia, mint leaves, and lime juice in a highball glass. Muddle the three ingredients all together, then add the rum to the mixture.
- Next, fill the glass almost to the top with ice and top with the La Croix seltzer water.
- One of my favorite variations for summertime is to add a few small cubes of watermelon into the mojito and eat it once most of the cocktail has been drunk (the watermelon will taste infused!).
- You can create your own unique skinny mojito by adding a few pieces of your favorite fruit to the cocktail. I added a few small watermelon chunks to mine!
Using Stevia (0 calories) and Bacardi Gold rum (130 calories for 2 oz.) can cut down your calorie intake per mojito by almost half. If you choose to do so, adding a few small pieces of watermelon will add 15-20 calories to the cocktail.
How do you like your mojitos? What should I try next? I’d love for you to tag @makingitmillennial in your Instagram posts when you make these refreshing cocktails!