Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Green Mint Tea Mojito Mocktail

Well, this really isn't a mojito in the true sense, there is no alcohol. Instead, it is a refreshing twist on iced tea, if you like mojitos, and you like green tea, I think you will love this. Of course you can turn this into a cocktail by adding rum, but I haven't tried that yet. I was just looking for a refreshing midday drink and this fit the bill. This recipe makes one serving, but I recommend you quadruple it and make a pitcher, you will want to share this with friends and family.

Calories: 37 calories for the sugar version/ Only 5 calories for the stevia version.
Add about 64 calories if you add a one ounce shot of white rum.

2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
4 mint leaves
1 green mint teabag
3/4 cup boiling water
extra mint leaves and lime slice for garnish

1. Brew tea by pouring boiling water over tea bag and let steep for 5 minutes. Do not squeeze tea bag or tea will be bitter.
2. Chill tea.
3. Put sugar in bottom of tall glass, add mint leaves and lime juice and use a wooden spoon to "muddle" the ingredients. You want the sugar to dissolve and the leaves to release that wonderful minty flavor, it only takes a few minutes.
4. Fill the glass with ice, then add the chilled tea.
5. Garnish with slices of lime and mint leaves.
6. Enjoy!

I made a sugar free version using stevia drops and I liked it just as much as the real sugar version.
I tried Xylitol, but it wouldn't dissolve as well as the sugar.
According to http://www.xylitol.org Xylitol is a naturally occurring carbohydrate, that looks and tastes just like regular table sugar. It is a natural sweetener that can be extracted from any woody fibrous plant material, Xylitol is just as sweet as table sugar (sucrose), it has about 40% fewer calories and 75% fewer carbohydrates

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