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simple sunday: (practically) healthy mojitos

June 19, 2011

This is a great summer drink that comes from my parents’ bar.  They make super drinks.

The fun thing about this drink is that it doesn’t have simple syrup in it – it used Diet Sprite instead.  It gives it the needed sweetness and bubbles but without all of the sugar.  Which makes it perfect for bathing suit season!

Start by squeezing a few limes.

Cut the other limes into quarters and chop the mint leaves into small pieces.

Put a few of the mint leaves and lime quarters into each glass and add just enough lime juice to cover the bottom of the glass.

Muddle the lime and mint leaves.

Add crushed ice and a shot of rum, then top with the Diet Sprite.

Serve immediately to Aunt Frannie.  Preferably alongside a hot plate of fried yuca root and empanadas.  On a beach.

Or on your back porch.  Whatever.

And if y’all want this before noon 5 pm, try making it without the rum.  This makes a dynamite virgin mojito.

Diet Sprite Mojitos

16 oz. Diet Sprite
4 oz. rum
20 mint leaves
5 limes

Squeeze the juice from three limes.  Slice the other two limes into quarters.

In the bottom of each glass, place 5 mint leaves, two lime quarters and just enough lime juice to cover the bottom of the glass.  Muddle the limes and mint leaves.

Add crushed ice to each glass then fill with 1 oz. rum and top with Diet Sprite until the glass is full.  Serve immediately.

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