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Mojito Makes a Good Low-Calorie Cocktail

Low in Sugar and Light in Calories, This May Be the Perfect Cocktail

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.

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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


1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 lime
5 sprigs mint
1.5 ounces light rum
Soda water


  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!


Calories per serving

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Michele-Foley Michele-Foley 4 years
I made a batch of these on Sunday with the addition of fresh strawberries that I muddled into the recipe. So refreshing!
kclulu kclulu 4 years
This is one of my favorite drinks and using stevia instead of sugar is also a substitute I make. I don't drink very often but when it gets warm, mojitos start sounding really good!
DNAbabe215 DNAbabe215 5 years
Oh I love Mojito's! I gotta get one this weekend!
nancita nancita 5 years
Much lower cal than I thought, which is great to know. Now I will order them with less guilt!
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 5 years
my first legal drink was a mojito, so it holds a special place in my heart :]
wiggle wiggle 5 years
such a good drink!
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I'm not big on mojitos, but I make my own low-cal cocktail with vodka: I mix 1 ounce vodka with Fresca and one pack of Crystal Light Fruit Punch or Walmart's Cherry Limeade. I pour it over crushed ice and it really hits the spot in the summer.
mtiger mtiger 5 years
I use Stevia instead of sugar, then there's even less calories! The only calories are in the rum.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I love those! I am growing mint in my garden, which is always a good excuse to make mojitos (because otherwise the mint would take over my flowerbeds)
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