Skinny Mojito

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This skinny Mojito is made with fresh lime juice, white rum, mint leaves and sparkling water. It’s light and refreshing, low in calories and has no added sugar!

Did you know that traditional a mojito can have over 200 calories and 25 grams of sugar? That’s wild! I decided to make an upgraded version that is just as delicious but much healthier. My version has just over 100 calories and 1 gram of sugar!

A clear glass containing a skinny mojito. There is a sprig of mint inside the glass alongside of a lime wedge. Extra mint leaves and lime are around the glass on the counter.

Why You’ll Love This Skinny Mojito Recipe

  • It’s super light and refreshing!  It will make you feel like you’re sitting on a beach somewhere or will bring you back to a hot summer day.
  • It requires just a few simple ingredients.
  • The end result looks like a fancy cocktail but it will take you less than 2 minutes to make!
Ingredients on a table to make a Skinny Mojito: lime sparkling water, white rum, lime and fresh mint.

Here’s What You Need

  • lime – you’ll need the full lime for this drink! Fresh lime juice is mixed into the drink and a lime wedge is the perfect garnish.
  • fresh mint – can’t have a mojito without mint! Look for mint that is bright green and crisp – avoid wilted or discolored leaves.
  • white rum – mojitos are typically made with light or white rums. You can use a flavored rum or just stick to plain!
  • lemon-lime zero calorie soda – Zevia or lemon/lime sparkling water (lime Spindrift would work great). You could also use club soda or soda water but I like the extra flavor of lemon-lime soda!
  • sweetener – this is optional, but you can add a dash of liquid sweetener like maple syrup, agave or stevia to balance out the tartness of the lime juice. I love tart drinks so didn’t feel the added sweetness was necessary.

What Kind of Rum Should I Use?

A classic mojito recipe is made with white rum and that’s what I recommend! I wouldn’t use a super cheap rum as there aren’t too many other ingredients to “cover” up that flavor – go with a high quality! I typically buy Bacardi Captain Morgan white rum.

Variations

Want to switch up your mojito? The options are endless! Muddle in extra fruit with the mint and lime juice. Here are some flavor ideas:

  • pineapple
  • mango
  • watermelon
  • strawberry
  • cranberry
  • blueberry
  • blackberry
  • raspberry
  • peach
Collage of four photos showing how to make a mojito: muddling mint in a glass, adding ice and white rum, topping with lime sparkling water and finally garnishing with lime and mint.

How to Make a Skinny Mojito

Add the fresh mint leaves and freshly squeezed lime juice to a glass and muddle them together using the back of a spoon or a muddler. This essentially just means, smashing them together and breaking down the mint leaves a bit!

Add the rum to the glass and fill the glass with ice. Top with the soda or sparkling water and stir to combine. Garnish with fresh mint and a lime wedge and enjoy!

Make it a Mocktail

This drink is delicious without the alcohol! Muddle the mint and lime juice together as directed and then fill the glass with ice. Top with soda or sparkling water and stir. Taste and add a little liquid sweetener if necessary. Serve with a sprig of mint and a lime wedge and enjoy!

What to Serve Mojitos With

The first thing that came to mind was my Caribbean jerk shrimp bowls! They are loaded with flavor that would pair perfectly with this refreshing cocktail. In general, seafood is a great pairing option. Here are more ideas:

Two glasses containing skinny mojitos. Each glass has sprigs of extra mint and lime wedges.

More Cocktail Recipes to Try

Be sure to check out the full collection of cocktail recipes here on EBF!

Skinny Mojito

4 from 2 votes
This skinny Mojito is made with fresh lime juice, white rum, mint leaves and sparkling water. It's light and refreshing, low in calories and has no added sugar!
A clear glass containing a skinny mojito. There is a sprig of mint inside the glass alongside of a lime wedge. Extra mint leaves and lime are around the glass on the counter.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • Juice of one lime
  • 6-10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1.5 oz white rum
  • Lemon-lime zero calorie soda, like Zevia or lemon/lime sparkling water (lime Spindrift would work great)
  • Ice
  • Garnish with a lime slice and or a sprig of fresh mint
  • optional: maple syrup, agave or stevia for a touch of sweetness

Instructions
 

  • Add mint leaves and lime juice to a glass and muddle them together using the back of a spoon or a muddler.
    A glass with mint leaves at the bottom being muddled with lime juice by a wooden muddler.
  • Add the rum, and fill with ice. Top with soda or sparkling water and stir to combine.
    Vodka being poured into a glass with muddled lime and mint.
  • Garnish with a sprig of mint and a lime wedge. Serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 Calories: 107kcal Carbohydrates: 12g Protein: 1g Sodium: 1mg Potassium: 68mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 1g
Course: Cocktail, Cocktails, Drink
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mojito, skinny mojito

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    6 comments
    1. Paige @ Healthy Hits the Spot
      August 30, 2015 AT 9:40 pm

      This sounds so yummy! I need to get a muddler 🙂

    2. melissamorningm
      August 27, 2015 AT 7:32 pm

      Yum! This sounds so incredible and I love the ingredients and the color! The ideal cocktail!

    3. Ally Lane
      August 26, 2015 AT 7:11 pm

      I love mojitos so I can’t wait to try this!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 27, 2015 AT 10:48 am

        Yay! I hope you love it. 🙂

    4. Mairead
      August 26, 2015 AT 5:20 pm

      Looks awesome!

    5. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run
      August 26, 2015 AT 4:53 pm

      Yum, and the drink is gorgeous too. A perfect summer cocktail!

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