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The delicious mojito consists of four primary ingredients: lime, sugar, rum, and mint. Simple to make, and surprisingly simple to make healthier! I’ll walk you through some easy change that turn this yummy cocktail into less of a sugar bomb, with less impact on your waistline.

Traditional recipe:

  • 4 parts white rum
  • 3 parts fresh lime juice
  • 6 leaves of mint
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • Soda water

Muddle the mint sprigs with sugar and lime juice. Add rum and top with soda water. Garnish with sprig of mint leaves. Serve with a straw.

You’d think that with so little sugar added, a mojito would be a smart low-cal choice when you’re out on the town. Sadly, though, this is not the case. Here’s why:

Generally, restaurants typically serve sweeter and less potent drinks (i.e. more sugar and less alcohol). Limes are often not used in the appropriate proportion, especially given the storage constraints of most bars, which results in too little acid to cut the taste of the alcohol in a low-calorie manner. The result: a deceptive sugar-and-calorie bonanza. But fear not, you can make an amazing, low-sugar, low-calorie version at your very own personal bar (AKA your kitchen counter).

I love making mojitos for myself at home, and I love the addition of coconut syrup, both to cut the taste of the alcohol and reduce the sugar needed. Here is my lower-calorie recipe for a coconut mojito.

Low-Cal Coconut Mojito
A scrumptious mojito with all the taste, fewer calories, and less sugar
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  1. 3 parts white rum
  2. 1 part Torani Sugar Free Coconut Syrup
  3. 3 parts fresh lime juice
  4. 6 leaves of Mint
  5. 1-2 packets of sugar substitute (e.g. Splenda)
  6. Soda water
  1. Muddle the mint sprigs with sugar substitute, Torani sugar-free coconut syrup, and lime juice.
  2. Add rum and top with soda water.
  3. Garnish with sprig of mint leaves and a lime wedge.
  4. Serve with a straw.
  5. Close your eyes, sip, and imagine yourself on a private beach somewhere.




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Dr. Georgette Charles is a management consultant, scientist and foodie. She has a passion for developing healthy recipes, traveling and hosting dinner parties. For healthy recipe ideas, check out her blog at read more about