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 a Keto Mojito
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.
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!
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- 8 mint leaves
- 1/2 lime cut into 4 wedges
- 2 tbsp sugar substitute such as allulose or erythritol
- 1.5 oz 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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