The weekend is the perfect time to celebrate with a drink — especially after a long run or outdoor workout. But it's all too easy to cancel out all your hard work with a cocktail that's full of hidden calories from tons of sugar and ingredients that are hard to pronounce. After doing a little research and experimenting with recipes at home, I found the perfect calorie-friendly cocktail that still seems fancy and indulgent: the mojito.
Since a mojito is made with fresh ingredients and zero-calorie soda water, it ends up being a much better choice than cocktails like a gin and tonic or using a pre-made cocktail mix from the store. You can also make the drink more seasonal (and antioxidant-rich) by muddling in fresh fruit from your local farmers market; cucumber, pineapple, and raspberries are all great choices. The added bonus is that fresh fruit helps cut down on the amount of added sugar in the drink.
5 sprigs mint
1.5 ounces light rum
total carbs: 6.8 grams
sugar: 4.7 grams