My garden is overflowing with mint. As I have written in these pages before, the mint I had hoped to contain in a large pot in my Santa Barbara herb garden escaped its confines a good while ago and has since attempted a take over. I keep it beat back to a degree, but all summer long I still have bales of mint that need a use.
Thus I was delighted when Mike forwarded me a link to the White on Rice blog with a luscious sounding recipe for fresh strawberry mojitos.
The recipe calls for lots of fresh mint, a few fresh berries, rum (of course) and 1.5 ounces of simple syrup, which is where for the devoted low-carber, everything goes off the rails.
Simple syrup is made of 1 part water and 1 part table sugar and thus every ounce of simple syrup contains a half-ounce–that’s a full tablespoon, which is 15 grams–of pure sugar. So, do the math: 1.5 ounces at 15 grams per ounce means that each of these tasty adult beverages comes with a hefty 22.5 carb grams price tag. And that’s not counting the carbs in the 3 ripe strawberries, which might contribute 2 or 3 additional grams, depending on their size. Might as well call it 25 grams of carb per drink!
Think about that the next time you’re on vacation throwing back fruity frozen bar drinks one after the other.
So, for those of you who love to indulge in a mojito on a sweltering summer day, but don’t want the 25 gram carb hickey, just replace that simple syrup with an an ounce and a half of Torani Sugar-Free Strawberry Syrup and you’ll be almost guilt-free!