Your Request: BOOZE! (Specifically, Lightened-Up Mojitos!)

You requested it, and I aim to please…. Did you know a typical mojito is somewhere between 150-250 calories? It can really range, although I’m guessing many go a little higher, depending on how sweet you like them. I lightened it up a bit and have gotten it down to 89 calories. You can’t go completely crazy with them, but you can have one (or two) without feeling the least bit guilty. 🙂

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Start with some rum, fresh mint, a lime, frozen lemonade concentrate, and…. something I recently came across at the store — MetroMint water. It is fantastic!!! When drinks have a lot of ingredients, I generally take that to mean they’re probably not very healthy. Vitamin Water is hyped up as a healthy drink, but have you seen the ingredient list? MetroMint has purified water and mint essence. That’s all. SOLD! (P.S. They also have a chocolate mint water. It might sound a little weird, but it tastes like a drink version of Andes Mints. I’m in love.)

IMG_0803Mix all of your ingredients and you get this… It might not be beautiful, but it’s a tasty and healthier version of one of my favorites!

Lightened Up Mojitos

Ingredients:

  • 2 T fresh mint
  • 1 generously-sized lime wedges
  • 1 oz rum
  • 1/2 tablespoon frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 12 oz MetroMint water

Instructions:

  1. Muddle your mint in your glass. This is much easier if you have a mortar and pestle or whatever they’re called…. My version is a big spoon in a pretty sturdy glass. 
  2. Squeeze as much of the lime juice out as you can. Really get your fingers in there and squish it around.
  3. Stir in an ounce of rum. I smoosh the mint around a bit more during this part.
  4. Stir in half a tablespoon of lemonade concentrate. You can add more if you like your drinks sweeter, but keep in mind that each 1/2 tablespoon equals about 18 calories. It sounds small, but it’s pretty easy to get up to the 150 calorie mark if you’re not careful.
  5. Pour in 12 oz of mint water and mix well.
  6. Add some ice.
  7. Kick back and enjoy!

Here’s where I should insert a photo of myself totally boozing it up just for you. For your sake. For your health (ha!). Because I make sacrifices like drinking mojitos on a Monday night just for you. Because I care.

Cheers!

 

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