Low Sugar Mojito
Prep time: 5 minutes
Ingredients: sparkling water, lime, white rum, ice, mint, rice malt syrup or honey (optional)
I love a cocktail. I’m much more of a cocktail person than going out and getting battered and ending the night in a greasy kebab shop or McDonalds with bouncers… I don’t like going out to get drunk but what I do love is a civilised evening, chatting and joking with friends and just having a good time with good people. So naturally, cocktails and wine bars are my usual hang-outs.
Saying that, I can’t drink many cocktails on a night out before I start to feel really ill. Not from the amount of alcohol, but the amount of sugar in cocktails. One of the reasons I quit sugar in the first place were crippling migraines I’d suffer from which turned out to be linked to my diet. So I can’t drink or eat much sugar at all – not even a glass of fizzy drink, without getting a migraine.
This has meant having to figure out ways to drink cocktails without all the sugar and staying away from cocktails with loads of sugar or coke, lemonade… etc
This mojito recipe has a few different options. I drink it without the rice malt syrup or honey but I’m aware my palette is adapted to low sugar drinks and foods, so I don’t necessarily notice the cocktail isn’t sweet. For people with a sweet tooth, just substitute the thick brown sugar in the bottom for no more than 1tsp of natural honey or rice malt syrup.
I also don’t have any tall glasses so, I served my low sugar mojito in a red wine glass. Got to make the most of what you got!
Ingredients for 1 Low Sugar Mojito
- 200ml sparkling water
- double shot of white rum
- 1/4 lime juice and rind
- sprig of crushed mint
- some ice cubes
- Optional: 1 tsp rice malt syrup or natural honey
Add all your ingredients apart from the sparkling water to your cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and pour into your glass. Serve your water over the top. For the best results, leave for a few minutes before tucking in… It lets the lime and mint infuse beautifully!
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