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Ready to kick back and toast to the Fourth of July with a healthy alcoholic drink in your hand? This year, pass on the beer and sugary cocktails (hi, sangria and daiquiris) and opt for a healthier—and even more festive—drink instead: a red, white, and blueberry mojito made with coconut water and monk fruit. (BTW, here's what you need to know about monk fruit and other new sweeteners.)
This Instagram-worthy recipe from Taylor Kiser, creator of Food Faith Fitness and a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach, has just 130 calories per drink and serves up some fresh fruit and herbs, plus a dose of hydrating coconut water in every pour. (Coconut water is just one of many healthy cocktail mixers you should try.) Just try to think of another beverage that sounds more refreshing during a steamy hot summer day—you can't.
Go ahead: Muddle, pour, stir, and drink up!
Red, White, and Blueberry Mojito with Coconut Water
Makes: 2 servings
Total time: 5 minutes
- 1 large lime, cut into 8 slices
- 16-20 mint leaves
- 3-4 teaspoons monk fruit, to taste
- 2 tablespoons fresh blueberries
- 2 large strawberries, diced
- 3 ounces white rum (Try Batiste Rhum, which may help you skip tomorrow's hangover)
- 1 cup coconut water
- Divide lime slices and mint leaves between two highball glasses and use muddler to muddle them together until limes have released their juices and mint is broken down.
- Divide monk fruit (try 2 teaspoons per mojito), blueberries, and strawberries between the glasses. Muddle again until fruit is mostly broken down, but is still slightly chunky.
- Fill glass with ice, then top with rum and coconut water.
- Stir well and enjoy.