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.

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

From Michele Foley, POPSUGAR Fitness

Ingredients

  1. 1 teaspoon sugar
  2. 1/2 lime
  3. 5 sprigs mint
  4. 1.5 ounces light rum
  5. Ice
  6. Soda water

Directions

  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!

Nutrition

Calories per serving
122

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
calories: 122
total carbs: 6.8 grams
sugar: 4.7 grams

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