Low Carb Strawberry Basil Mojito
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This is low carb strawberry basil Mojito highlights the natural flavours in both fresh summer strawberries, and sweet basil.
You can of course use other strawberries, even frozen ones! But the fresher the better! This cocktail recipe uses the same exact low carb strawberry simple syrup used in my strawberry lemonade cocktail. Which is great because you can whip up a batch of syrup in advance, and make either one of these fantastic summer cocktails to keep you cool by the pool.
What Is In A Low Carb Strawberry Basil Mojito?
Here is what you need:
- Fresh Basil
- Lemon Juice
- Low Carb Strawberry Simple Syrup
- Sparkling Water/Club soda/Diet Sprite
How to make a Strawberry Basil Keto Mojito
- Start by adding 3-4 fresh basil leaves to the bottom of a cocktail glass, since basil leaves are generally larger than the mint leaves used in traditional mojitos, I like to tear them in half or quarters so there isn’t huge leaves in my drink.
- Pour a splash of lemon juice over the basil using a muddler, or just a spoon if you are a mere simpleton, crush up the basil a little bit. Not into a paste or anything, you aren’t making pesto, just bruise and break the basil to get the flavours moving.
- Next comes the low carb simple syrup, I am not going to go into detail about how to make the flavoured simple syrup here since I covered that in depth during the making of the keto strawberry lemonade, and I have even since made a dedicated post with a video showing you how to make a batch of the low carb simple syrup.
Add 4-5 oz (1-2 fingers or about 5-6 tablespoons in these glasses.) of simple syrup to the glass, it will of course depend on how sweet you would like your mojito. The syrup itself is very low carb at only 2g net carbs so feel free to sneak in a little extra if you have a sweet tooth.
Next comes the fun stuff. Rum.
My favourite mojitos of all time are down in Cuba, I know I am bringing up Cuba again, but In the middle of a pandemic I am really missing my annual trips down to Cuba, seriously guys it’s just a beautiful country.
Anyways, In Cuba, they use, you guessed it, Cuban rum, and it’s even better when they use dark Cuban rum. This stuff is seriously something special. Cuban rum is delicious to start with, but a nice quality dark Cuban rum is so amazingly smooth.
You could easily sip this stuff straight, it’s just tasty, almost a sweet caramel like rum. But I understand not everyone can get Cuban rum, in which case I highly recommend a good quality dark rum for you low carb cocktail.
1.5 Oz is just right for me, but your mileage may vary.
- Fill the remainder of the glass with ice and sparkling water and give it a quick stir. Garnish with more basil and fresh cut strawberries. Sit back and enjoy your refreshing summertime low sugar beverage without the guilt!
Make Ahead Tips
This cocktail is very easy to prepare for in advance. Before heading to a party, or jetting off for the weekend, you can have the flavoured simple syrup made and ready to go in the fridge.
I like to whip up a big batch of the syrup, my tart low carb lemonade from the strawberry lemonade cocktail, prepare all the ingredients for this low sugar mojito, and take everything with me in jars.
That way I am able to enjoy 2 different refreshing low carb cocktails with very little hassle.
Time To Dive In!
To the pool that is, because surely a refreshing summer drink like this strawberry mojito deserves to be enjoyed poolside!
I hope that you enjoy this low carb cocktail , and I hope that it is able to add some variety to your summer drink menu.
Vodka soda and low carb beer are great, but sometimes you just need a little something different.
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Low Carb Strawberry Mojito Cocktail
- cocktail glass
- muddler or spoon
- 4 leaves fresh basil torn in half
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 4 oz low carb strawberry simple syrup
- 1 ½ oz dark rum
- 5 oz soda water/sparkling water
- 2 whole strawberries sliced for garnish
- Add 3-4 fresh basil leaves to the bottom of a cocktail glass, since basil leaves are generally larger than the mint leaves used in traditional mojitos, I like to tear them in half or quarters so there isn’t huge leaves in my drink. Add a splash of lemon juice and using a muddler or a spoon crush up the basil slightly to release flavour
- Add 4-5 oz (1-2 fingers) of simple syrup to the glass, it will of course depend on how sweet you would like your mojito. The syrup itself is very low carb at only 2g net carbs so feel free to sneak in a little extra if you have a sweet tooth.
- Add 1 ½ oz of dark rum or rum of choice and fill the remainder of the glass with sparkling water/club soda and ice. garnish with fresh cut strawberry, basil, and lime slices. Enjoy!