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The weekend is the perfect time to celebrate with a drink — especially after a long run or outdoor workout. But it’s all too easy to cancel out all your hard work with a cocktail that’s full of hidden calories from tons of sugar and ingredients that are hard to pronounce. After doing a little research and experimenting with recipes at home, I found the perfect calorie-friendly cocktail that still seems fancy and indulgent: the mojito.

Since a mojito is made with fresh ingredients and zero-calorie soda water, it ends up being a much better choice than cocktails like a gin and tonic or using a premade cocktail mix from the store. You can also make the drink more seasonal (and antioxidant-rich) by muddling in fresh fruit from your local farmers market; cucumber, pineapple, and raspberries are all great choices. The added bonus is that fresh fruit helps cut down on the amount of added sugar in the drink.

Mojito Recipe 2009-07-01 15:58:35

Ingredients

  1. 1 teaspoon sugar
  2. 1/2 lime
  3. 5 sprigs mint
  4. 1.5 ounces light rum
  5. Ice
  6. Soda water

Directions

  1. Put the sugar in a tall glass, squeeze in the juice of 1/2 a lime, and toss in the squeezed lime shell. Add mint to the glass and muddle everything together. Finish by adding the rum and a handful of ice. Fill with chilled soda water and lightly stir. Enjoy immediately!

Nutrition

Calories per serving
122

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
calories: 122
total carbs: 6.8 grams
sugar: 4.7 grams

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Nicole Perry

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