Yes, there is such a thing as low-carb cocktails, and a Keto Mojito is one of them. If you thought you couldn’t drink a mojito, you can and this delightfully low carb version will show you just how great it is.
I’m a big fan of cocktail, so when I started eating low carb I was super fearful that I’d have to give up my before dinner cocktail. But then I learned about sugar substitutes and tried a few out to see that they’re just as good in a cocktail as the real thing.
There are calories in a cocktail, of course, because alcohol has calories, but there are no carbs in clear spirits, like rum, vodka, mezcal and tequila. That means the only carbs you’ll add to a cocktail is from fruit and other additions. In a typical mojito, there’s a TON of sugar.
Keto Mojitos are made just like the original with rum, mint leaves, limes, sugar and soda water. The difference is that we substitute the regular sugar with a sugar substitute, like allulose or erythritol, that has no carbs or calories.
I use allulose as a sugar substitute. You can use Swerve, monkfruit, Erythritol or Xylitol. It’s really up to you. The reason I use allulose is because it’s a no calorie no carb sweetener like erythritol, but it doesn’t have the cooling effect. I get allulose directly through Wholesome Yum. I think you’ll really like it, especially if you also don’t like the cooling effect.
You can also use keto simple syrup for this recipe, which is a sugar substitute in liquid form. I like the one you can get from Wholesome Yum. It’s great to have on hand to sweeten your drinks!
Learn more about low-carb sweeteners and conversion here.
Total Carbs in Keto Mojitos
There are 3 net carbs in a keto mojito. This is 5 total carbs minus 2 grams of fiber/sugar alcohol.
The carbs come from the limes. If you keep the glass small, you won’t need a full lime to make this drink and that will keep the carb count to 3 net carbs.
Ingredients in a Keto Mojito
As cocktails go this mojito doesn’t have too many ingredients. It’s handy to have a muddler to crush the lime and mint but if you don’t have one then you can use a spoon or fork. Here is the list of ingredients you will need.
- Mint leaves – Don’t skip this ingredient. It adds so much flavor.
- Sugar substitute – I use allulose as a sugar substitute. You can use Swerve, monkfruit, Erythritol or xylitol. It’s really up to you. You can also use keto simple syrup for this recipe, which is a sugar substitute in liquid form. I like the one you can get from Wholesome Yum. It’s great to have on hand to sweeten your drinks!
- White rum – Look for white or silver rum at your local liquor store.
- Soda water – Any soda water or tonic water, but make sure it’s a no sugar version.
How to Make a Keto Mojito
Here are the steps to make a keto mojito. What a fun name!
Step One: add about 8 mint leaves to the bottom of a glass. Pour in the sugar and 3 lime wedges. Muddle all of this together with a muddler (preferably) or the back of a spoon, until the lime juice is released and the mint is a bit crushed.
Step Two: Add ice to the glass. Right up to the top. Then add the rum.
Step Three: Fill the glass to the top with soda water. You can also use tonic water, but make sure it’s a no sugar version. Add a few fresh mint leaves and a slice of lime for garnish.
That’s it. One perfect mojito!
Other Recipes to Try
- 8 mint leaves
- 1/2 lime cut into 4 wedges
- 2 tablespoon sugar substitute such as allulose or erythritol
- 1.5 ounces white rum
- Soda water
- Place mint leaves, 3 lime wedges, and sugar into a short glass.
- Use a muddler to crush the lime and muddle the juices. Fill the glass up with ice.
- Pour the rum into the glass, then fill to the top with soda water. Stir. Garnish with the remaining lime wedge.
- You can make a tall glass, if preferred, however half a lime is sometimes not enough to flavor that large of a glass, when filled up with soda water. Extra lime will add extra carbs.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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Laura is dedicated to a low-carb lifestyle after losing 52 pounds on the keto diet. As many of us do, she struggles with her weight and has found that one of the only diet lifestyles that allows her to maintain a healthy weight is a low-carb diet. She shares her favorite low-carb recipes here that are both easy to make and full of flavor, so you don’t even miss the carbs.