The Mojito , (pronounced "Mo-hee-toe", so you don't embarrass yourself in public) is the national drink of Cuba. This cocktail is as refreshing as a tropical island breeze. A classic Mojito is a delightful blend of mint ("hierba buena" or "good herb" in Cuba), lime juice, sugar, rum and club soda. For those of you who do not have fresh mint leaves, lime juice, a cane sugar plant on hand, or want all the extra calories these ingredients contain Good Spirits Mojito Mix is the flavorful combination for you. Just add alcohol and a splash of club soda for the perfect Caribbean Cocktail. But wait. Sugars free Mojitos? Isn't that an oxymoron? We say no, not at all, you can still enjoy the flavors without dieter's remorse, its all in Good Spirits:)
Grab the cocktail that has delighted Latin Lovers like Valentino and Zorro and others with "o" in their names. And as long as we are stepping way out of the traditional Mojito paradigm by going sugar free try mixing with spiced rums, flavored rums or vodka too. Que Rico! It's a Bevolution!
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Simple Mojito Recipe
(aka the Two-step Mojito) you'll find it hard to believe your drinking sugar free!
- 2 ounces Rum, chilled
- 3 ounces Good Spirits Mojito Mix
That's it, two steps, add nothing else but ice. Trust us, this is perfection.Sometimes though you may want to garnish with fresh mint and lime and maybe even a splash of club soda when fooling your friends into thinking you made it from scratch...
- Pour ingredients over ice into a cocktail shaker
- Shake vigorously,
- pour contents of shaker into your glass of choice,
- optional garnishes: fresh mint leaves, lime wedge
Some purists add a splash of club soda on top
if your are using mint leaves as a garnish be sure to gently twist the leaves before dropping in to release the natural oils. And please if adding club soda do so after
pouring shaken drink into your glass. Lastly, never ever finish your Mojito is less time than it took you to make it.
Make a Low Calorie — Sugar Free — Mojito
While we love our mix and use it now exclusively concocting a made from scratch low calorie Mojito can be very satisfying. We know first hand as we did this for years because we could not tolerate the artificial taste from other sugar free mixers and are just not interested in all the calories and sugars used in others. Not to mention most mixers just miss the mark on taste by using the wrong type of lime or mint flavors.
We want you to have an incredible Mojito experience. While we would really like for you to try our Sugar Free Mojito Mix and learn what we rave about we truly understand using a bottled mixer to make a Mojito is not for everyone. Even those of you who will enjoy our Sugar Free Margarita Mix will not use a mix for a Mojito. So read on to where we have documented for you a very detailed and informative "How to Make a Mojito" from scratch. Also you may be interested in this Low Calorie Mojito Video there are some others on the site so check it out and we hope you come back to us soon. Cheers and read on...
How to Make a Mojito from scratch
The Mojito is the perfect summer drink. It is sweet, tangy and minty without losing the flavor and kick of the rum. A lot of people pay good money for a highball glass or two of Mojitos in a fancy nightclub or downtown bar, but wouldn't you rather learn how to make one yourself? Making a great Mojito is actually quite easy, and following theses simple steps will allow you to be able to enjoy and serve this Cuban drink to your guests during summer backyard barbecues, parties or any other intimate occasions you are hosting.
The mint and lime rind are important elements of the cocktail along with the choice of sweetener and alcohol. It's one of those drinks you must put the ingredients together, directly in the glass to make it properly. A great Mojito from scratch requires a little bit of craftiness to make. Here is what you can do for the perfect made from scratch Mojito —
1 –Select a tall highball class, "Collins" glass or Mojito tumbler,
2 –Twist 6 – 8 or so sprigs of mint leaves and drop them in the glass (twisting helps to release the natural essential oils — kinda like the zest of a lemon twist). In Havana they use Cuban mint (mentha nemorosa), the mint you usually find at the grocery store is usually spearmint (mentha spicata). Interestingly, spearmint is used to treat headaches by many herbalists. Some enthusiasts planting their own mint gardens opt for apple mint (mentha suaveolens), a close relative of the Cuban mint, and use that. In a leaf by leaf comparison they do taste different but the subtlety is often lost in the cocktail itself. Still, select yerba buena (good herb) mint when you can find it. Also be sure to remove the stems as they tend to be bitter and can alter the flavor of your Mojito.
3 – Hand squeeze the juice of a sliced lime over the mint leaves. Using your fingers to hand squeeze the lime does not disturb the bitter pith and you will end up with a more authentic drink.
4 – Drop the rind of the freshly squeezed lime over the mint leaves. This not only helps protect the leaves from being bruised or torn in the process of muddling the acid in the limes helps to release the mint oils from the leaves.
5 – Lightly muddle to press the flavored oils from the mint leaves and lime rinds. Using a muddle is best but in a pinch you can try using the back of a fork or spoon — avoid a whisk as the lime and mint can get stuck in the wires and just doesn't get the job done properly. Be sure not to over muddle the mint or you will end up with small pieces that could get stuck in your teeth or a grainy simple syrup and who wants that? NEVER pulverize or destroy the mint leaf. Muddle for 10 – 15 seconds until you can smell a light minty and limey aroma.
6 – Add about a tablespoon of fine easy dissolving granulated sugar, powered sugar or simple syrup. While the use of plain white sugar is an absolute no–no there is much debate here so you choose what you like best. Mojito "purists" insist on using granulated sugar rather than a powdered sugar or simple syrup claiming that using a granulated sugar grinds against the lime zest when muddling and results in a stronger lime taste. Some use "guarapo" in place of the powdered sugar. This is canned sugar cane syrup may be found in the Latin food section of the grocery store sold in 12 ounce cans similar to soft drinks. To make your own simple syrup heat equal parts of sugar and water in a saucepan until just before boiling. Keep stirring constantly until the sugar has completely dissolved. Be sure to chill or let stand to room temperature before using in your cocktail. (You can prepare one cup sugar with one cup water and keep the extra in the fridge for the next rounds.)
7 – Fill the glass with crushed or shaved ice. Crushed ice melts faster than cubed ice and the extra area of surface ice will make your drink colder. To avoid brain freeze remember to always take your time when drinking your Mojito — never, ever finish your Mojito in less time than it took you to make it. Next,
8 – Add 1 1⁄2 – 2 ounces light white or silver rum. Definitely use white or silver rum and stay away from gold/dark as you want the bite to balance out the other ingredients. Also aged rum can muddy the color of the drink and bring some unwelcomed butterscotch, caramel or vanilla flavors to your drink. Although highly unorthodox for a fruitful variation try using flavored rums or vodkas.
9 – Top with carbonated water and stir to mix. NEVER shake your Mojito.
10 – Garnish with a lime wedge, a few springs of mint and for an exotic touch add a piece of sugar cane stick as a stirrer. As a variation many Havana hotels have been know to add a dash of orange bitters in order to cut the sweetness as well. It is up to you. After all it is your Mojito.
Makes only 1 murky light green, incredibly delicious and refreshing serving. This is the reason we made an incredibly delicious sugar free drink mixer, for ease and to expedite consumption! Que Rico!