A twist on the classic recipe, with a goal of decreasing our Sugar intake, while staying true to its, magic, Mojito taste.
Doing research for these types of articles always end up leading to a great time. Not only am I getting to hang out with all my friends, while they are unknowingly being used as guinea pigs, I also am making a healthier drink. I was inspired to write this post because I just learned that I will be heading to Cuba, home of the Mojito, over spring break. Before I had all my friends over to the house, I got my alcohol I was gonna need to get ready. After looking at the recipe I found online, I said to myself;
"Dude! This drink has a lot of sugar in it. This is gonna suck tomorrow.
So real quick I went to the grocery store and did some research. I found the solution almost immediately after I arrived. The resulting product never raised one of my friends' eyebrow, but you better believe me when I say my friends are brutally honest. One time, after seeing one of my other friends' girlfriend with another dude, he immediately called our mutual friend and informed him, even after I urged him to wait and think through things first. This is proof they wouldn't be worried about telling me, the drink tasted funny. My roommate gave me my favorite compliment, regarding my mixology skills, after I made him this drink:
"Are you sure that you put alcohol in here?" –Bryson A.
An interesting rumor, behind the origination of the Mojito, is that its original purpose was as a cure for sickness, a long time ago, in Cuba. Now, we use the Mojito as a cure for our social awkwardness, lowering our inhibitions, in order to have a great time.
Not only do I want this recipe to help instigate good times, but I'd also appreciate if it was relatively healthy. This recipes is fairly adaptable, for a diabetic, because of its *SECRET INGREDIENT, a sugar substitute and cane sugar blend called, "truvia CANE SUGAR BLEND". This special mix not only consists of less sugar, but it also only requires about half of what is typically used. Giving us the same great time and taste, only now, we are doing them as healthily as alcohol will allow.
2 ounces (1 shot) of White Rum
1 1/2 tea spoons of truvia CANE SUGAR BLEND
1 ounce of freshly squeezed Lime Juice
Diet Lemon Lime Soda
Ice (Forget = Major Party Foul)
Suggested bar-tools along with alternatives
Muddler - If you don't have a muddler then you can use any kitchen utensil with a bigger, roundish, blunt handle. Personally, I used a wooden mixing spoon, with a thicker handle, for the first six months of making cocktails.
Collins Glass - This drink was designed in a Collins glass so when a direction says, "top with blah blah", how do you know how much to actually add? Well the quick fix here is by using any glass that is about fourteen ounces.
Measure out your one and half ounces of truvia CANE SUGAR BLEND, and add the contents to your Collins Glass.
Add Mint leaves to your tasting preferences, I like a mild mint taste, therefore I put in 5 medium sized leaves.
Squeeze one ounce of lemon juice, over a strainer in order to remove the pulp. Then poor the juice into the glass.
Grab your muddler than muddle, the ingredients in your glass, by attempting to push whats on top to the bottom.
Fill up your Collins Glass with ice.
Pour your rum of choice, being on a college budget, I like the classic Bacardi White Rum, Bacardi Superior best.
Add a splash (once again to your taste) of diet lemon lime soda, I tend to pour a two liter of diet sprite for a brief time period, about one and a half seconds.
Top off the rest of the glass with your club soda.
This is where you get to show your creativity, by garnishing your drink. Try to design your final drink however your creativity leads you, using lime wedges and Mint Leaves.
At the end, you should have a delicious drink that brings, whoever you bring around, lasting memories. I am always looking for inspiration for future cocktails, comment below your favorite drink and I will see what I can make. If nothing else please follow us on our Instagram at, diabadass_poetry. Have fun!