Keto as a Way of Life
Blackberry Keto Mojito
I don’t know about where you live, but in Tennessee, it’s hot!
Summer is officially here.
That means yard work, pool parties, and all sorts of outdoor activities that require libation.
When Rebecca and I went Keto, I thought I would have to give up one of my favorite Summer-time adult beverages… the Mojito.
I should have had more faith in the wonderfully creative, evil genius I’m married to!
Rebecca took one of Heaven’s own fruits, combined it with my beloved hot-weather drink, figured how to remove the carbs, and created an elixir fit for a King; or at least, a guy who features himself as the lord of his own domain… or yard. You get the idea.
She made me a freakin’ Blackberry Keto Mojito!!!!
Y’all, the only thing sexier than this drink is the beautifully sweet redhead who made it!
Let me tell you how she did it.
Fresh Blackberries: Nothing fancy here. Just get some nice, fresh ones at your local grocery. A whole cup of these badass berries only has 6 net carbs; or roughly .3g per blackberry. And we’re not using a whole cup for this recipe.
Powdered Monk Fruit
We use this stuff a lot. It’s a natural, calorie free, carb free sweetener with some great health benefits and none of the side effects of artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols.
Monk fruit tastes good without a tinny aftertaste, and it also dissolves well in water which makes it great for this recipe!
If you don’t grow your own (because it’s super easy and you should!) just pick up some whole mint leaves at the grocery. You can typically find them in the cooler section with the other veggies. 2 leaves will add about .2 net carbs to this drink.
This is easy mode. Get a fresh one at the grocery. 1 tablespoon of lime juice has about 1 net carb in it. I doubt you squeeze that much out of half a lime, which is what this recipe calls for, so you’re good on carbs there.
We used plain old clear Bacardi for this recipe. I would stay away from super high-quality rums because those aren’t for mixing (I’m a bit of a rum snob). Also, a spiced rum isn’t really necessary. You want the blackberry and mint flavor to shine through in this drink.
You can use a bit of seltzer water if you don’t have this on hand. Blackberry Bubbly just reinforces the flavor of the blackberry without adding any carbs or funny ingredients.
Also, if you like flavored water, this stuff is quite good all on its own! You can get this for the same price at Walmart or Amazon, so it’s easy to get your hands on.
Mortar and Pestle
The only special tool I would recommend here is a mortar and pestle.
You can muddle the mint in other ways, but every kitchen needs a mortar and pestle for smashing up spices and mixing various ingredients.
It’s one of those old school kitchen tools I thought I would never need until I got one. Now I find myself using it fairly often.
If you buy one, get one that’s good and heavy like the one I’ve linked here.
Don’t get in a hurry. There are a lot of “quick” mojito recipes out there, but if you really want the flavor to come out in this one, take your time and do it right. Your patience will be rewarded.
It’s a good idea to make the “blackberry simple syrup” mixture ahead of time and let is sit in the fridge overnight. I’ve humbly requested that Rebecca go ahead and make up several gallons of the stuff just to have on hand all the time. Because….. we might have company or something.
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Blackberry Keto Mojito
- Water: 2 cups
- Confectioner’s Monk Fruit: 2 cups
- Fresh Mint Leaves: 3/4 oz (by weight) That’s about one package of mint
- Blackberries: 6 oz (by weight)
- Clear Rum: 3 fluid oz
- Blackberry Bubbly: 4 fluid oz
- Lime Juice: from half a lime
To Prepare the Blackberry Simple Syrup – You can make this ahead and keep it for 2-3 days before you make your mojitos.
- Add water, conectioner’s monk fruit to a medium sauce pot and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally.
- Reduce heat to simmer.
- Mascerate the blackberries.
- Using a mortar and pestle, muddle the mint leaves.
- Add the blackberries and mint to the simmering liquid, stirring every few minutes to about 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool in refrigerator for a couple hours.
- Strain liquid through a fine sieve and return to fridge until you’re ready to make your mojito (up to 2-3 days)
For an Individual Mojito
To a glass, add:
- 3 oz rum (about 2 shots)
- 3 oz blackberry simple syrup
- 4 oz Blackberry Bubbly
- Juice from half a lime
- Garnish with fresh or frozen blackberries and a sprig of mint
To Make a Pitcher of Mojitos
To a 32 ounce Pitcher, add:
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp Rum
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp Blackberry Simple Syrup)
- 1 12oz can Blackberry Bubbly
- Juice from 2 limes
- Garnish with fresh or frozen blackberries, a slice of lime and a few sprigs of mint.
Enjoy on a hot day.
Only drink if you are of legal drinking age.
Macros listed are per individual drink
Servings: per 10 oz drink
Net Carbs: 3
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