Low-Carb Sugar-Free Mojito Recipe

Mojito cocktail on bar counter
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Total Time 5 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 0 min
Yield 1 Mojito

Mojito cocktails are very refreshing any time of year but especially when the temperatures rise because their mintiness adds a cooling aspect.

You really want to crush those mint leaves in a mortar and pestle or any muddling device to extract their essential oils and maximize the flavor.

White rum is traditionally used in a classic mojito so the beautiful green color from the mint will shine through a clear glass.

This recipe makes 1 mojito but the recipe easily can be doubled or tripled by muddling the mint in a larger container and dividing it among the glasses.

Ingredients

  • 8 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon sugar substitute
  • 1 oz. (2 tablespoons) lime juice or lime wedges from about a third of a lime
  • 1 jigger (1 1/2 ounces) 80-proof white rum
  • Club soda
  • Fresh mint sprig for garnish

Preparation

1. Put mint, a splash of club soda and the sugar substitute into the bottom of a highball glass or Tom Collins glass (if you like lots of ice and club soda). Muddle by mashing the ingredients together. Traditionally, a muddler, which looks like a miniature wooden baseball bat, is used to accomplish this. However, the handle of a wooden spoon or spatula works fine.

2. Squeeze the juice of the lime into the glass.

Add the rum, stirring well.

3. Fill the glass about 3/4 of the way full with ice. Top off with club soda. Stir and enjoy. If serving in a Collins glass, adding a tall cocktail straw makes a nice and useful touch.

Origin of the Mojito Cocktail

The mojito was born in Havana, Cuba, and is considered a national drink. There are only five ingredients in this classic cocktail -- white rum, club soda, fresh mint, lime juice and a sweetener.

There is a dispute as to when it appeared on the beverage scene. Some say African slaves who worked the sugar cane fields developed it in the 19th century. Others say it dates to 16th-century pirates and Sir Francis Drake who were aided in their fight against scurvy by a lime drink given to them by natives.

The origin of the word mojito also is in dispute. Probably the most credible theory contends that it comes from the Cuban seasoning known as mojo which is made from lime and used in the many Creole marinades using in Cuban cooking.

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