I don’t drink much alcohol these days, but if there is a mojito on the menu it is hard for me to say no. Daniel and I have tried the mojitos at every restaurant we have been to in Oaxaca, and you’d be surprised how hard it is to find a good one. A few things can go wrong: Too sweet. Too much rum. Not enough rum. Flat club soda. Old mint. You get the idea. But we have found one spot that has pretty consistently delicious mojitos. Our favorite thing about these mojitos is that they not only have the classic flavor, but they also have a kiwi mojito and a strawberry mojito. Daniel always goes for kiwi and I always choose the strawberry. So predictable.
This month’s Recipe Redux theme was to come up with a healthy drink of any kind. It could be hot or cold, kid friendly, or happy hour worthy. I luckily had all the ingredients for this mojito in the fridge so it was happy hour time (5 o’clock on the dot).
I’m so excited because it tasted better than any mojito we’ve tried yet, which is going to make it hard for us to enjoy the more expensive ones at the bar.
I was going to make this mojito with the usual club soda but then I had the (genius!) idea to make it with coconut water instead. I’m into multitasking, so having a mojito with coconut water keeps you hydrated while you’re gettin’ your drink on.
The coconut water adds another layer of sweetness, eliminates the potential for flat club soda, and is practically indiscernable. I had this mojito waiting for Daniel when he got home from work and he had no idea there was coconut water in it. Score!
I like making drinks at home because you know exactly what, and how much of each ingredient, is going into them. With just a touch of brown sugar, these mojitos are much better for you than the super sweet ones you’ll probably get a bar.
Have you ever used coconut water in an alcoholic beverage?
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- juice of 1-2 limes
- 2 oz. white rum (or 4 tablespoons)
- handful fresh mint leaves
- 2 kiwis, peeled and chopped
- 1 and 1/2 cups coconut water
- Add all ingredients into a jar or something that you can shake or stir.
- Shake or stir to incorporate well.
- Serve cold over ice.
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