This month, the Recipe Redux challenge was to create a healthy brunch dish for the shower season (ie baby/bridal) or a party drink with fresh ideas (my idea). This is too perfect for me being pregnant and I had to go with my original idea of crafting a delicious mock-tail.
As I mentioned last week in my Pregnancy Survival Guide: Nutrition, pregnancy is the main time in my life where I crave beverages other than water. Lately, I've been wanting a really good mojito. I even bought a mint plant to add to my garden and couldn't resist buying a bag of key limes over a week ago at the grocery store.
The thing that bugs me about cocktails/mocktails though (and keeps me from ordering them), is that they are usually loaded with sugar, either in a simple syrup or fruit juice. My goal was to find a combo of ingredients to capture the essence of the mojito, have little to no added sugar, and be super refreshing.
Well, let me just tell you that my hubby and I sipped on these yesterday and they were so delicious. At one point, I had to double check myself that it was in fact alcohol-free because it tasted so much like the real thing.
I highly recommend serving this refreshing, all-natural, guilt-free mock-jito at your next party, shower, or brunch. It will be a huge hit.
A couple of notes on substitutions: The key limes are easily swapped for regular limes. I would encourage you to use fresh juice though. I used granulated stevia in this recipe. You could use regular sugar or even light agave nectar if you wanted to.
Coconut Key Lime Mock-jito
1 can (12 fl oz) LaCroix natural coconut flavor sparkling water, chilled
8 mint leaves, roughly torn
3 key limes, juiced (or 1 lime)
1 key lime, sliced in half moons (or 1/4 lime)
2 packets stevia (I used Pure Via)
1 cup ice
- Add mint leaves, sliced key lime and stevia to the bottom of a tall glass. Muddle together. (I used a honey stir for this and it worked great.)
- Add ice then pour LaCroix in glass. Stir gently and serve.
Serves one. To make a pitcher, multiply recipe by number of people (6-8).