Ooh, la, la, a vodka mojito recipe! My partner and I don't get out too often now that we have our littles at home, but we do a weekly date night in after the kiddos go to bed. We play our favorite games and enjoy a couple of keto friendly cocktails. I'm the Scrabble Queen, and he slays Cinelinx. It's great, I get a little tipsy and boast about the time I won a spelling bee in second grade while he throws back a couple and geeks out on IMDB. It's not the most glamorous nightlife, but we have a total blast together!
Recently, we started experimenting with new cocktails during our date night. This has been so much fun, he gets all Tom Cruise-y and I get to step out of my beverage choice comfort zone.
(In case you were wondering, alcohol and keto don't have to be mutually exclusive! Check out the keto diet alcohol guide for more info.)
I'll admit, it's been a little tricky coming up with yummy cocktails that fit into a keto diet, but we are totally getting the hang of it! And quite honestly, I think we've struck gold with a couple of our concoctions so far. One of my favorites has been the vodka mojito.
There's a local restaurant stationed on the waterfront nearby with fantastic happy hour specials and even more amazing cocktails. Their vodka mojito is hands down my all time favorite HH special. It's fresh; it's delicious, it's boozy! It's also packed full of carbs.
We made a low carb version of the drink, and it tastes IDENTICAL! Eureka!
This drink is so incredible; I have a hard time wanting to experiment with other cocktails now. I mean, how can you top perfection?
It's easy to make, the ingredients are simple, and it only has 2g Net Carbs.
The recipe is straightforward. I promise you don't have to be a mixologist to pull this one off. You'll just need vodka, ice, lime juice, fresh mint, Stevia or Erythritol, a little club soda, and a desire to get tipsy. The fresh mint and lime combination is super refreshing, and the Stevia (or Erythritol) sweetens the deal without spoiling your entire diet.
That's right! You can still enjoy a cocktail without killing your progress on the keto diet! Just be sure to make the right drink choices. A few pointers:
- Watch your carbs
- Look out for sneaky hidden sugars
- Stay hydrated and keep your electrolytes in check
- Be aware that you are probably a pretty cheap date now
PSA: Lots of people report that their alcohol tolerance level significantly drops once they are on the keto diet. Be safe and limit yourself to one or two drinks. Don't go crazy or you'll risk a hangover from hell!
Update: When I first posted this recipe a couple of years back, I used packets of Splenda thinking they were A-OK for keto. Granulated Splenda has maltodextrin in it, which is basically just sugar and will make your blood sugar skyrocket. Best to stay away from it! I wanted to be sure to update this post with sweeteners that I currently use so you don't make the same mistakes I do.We're all in it together! Stevia or Erythritol (or a blend of both) are an excellent choice of sweetener for the keto diet.
- 4 leaves Mint fresh
- 2 tbsp Lime Juice 2 Tablespoons
- 2 g Granulated Stevia
- Ice Cubed or Crushed
- 1 shot Vodka
- 1 splash Club Soda
- Lime Slice for Garnish (optional)
- Using a muddler or other utensil, smash fresh mint leaves with lime and Stevia.
- Fill glass with ice of preference.
- Add vodka.
- Finish off with club soda.
- Garnish with a lime slice and mint.
Hi, I'm Tasha–nutritionist, recipe developer, and multi-published cookbook author.
Thank you for sharing. My sister's Jack and Jill party is coming up and I want to do my best to stay low carb. Would totally appreciate if your have more low carb alcoholic drinks to share. 🙂
Hi! I made your recipe with coconut seltzer and no stevia or any sugar and it is wonderful! Just lime, mint, vodka and the coconut seltzer (Polar brand, no sugar). So great!
I usually use rum for mojito cause I think vodka's too strong for me 🙁
Totally going to try this, minus the splenda of course...not only am I trying keto but I am going absolutely sugar free...eating a bowl of your yummy egg roll in a bowl right now...
Thank you! Awesome site!!!
Keto Recipes says
I like your vodka mojito. Thank you for sharing this!
I am going to have to try this but I must point out that the cuisine is Cuban, not American. 😉
LOVED these!!! I made it with Absolut Lime vodka (my new fav - I usually do that with a splash of Sprite Zero and the rest soda water). This was a great change and helped me use up the crazy amount of mint we have growing. Thanks for the great idea!!
Hello, I'm interested in making this drink. What about NOT using the stevia, etc. I'd like to leave out the sweetener(s) all together. Have you tried it that way?
Jessica S says
I have tested this recipes on a number of occasions with Tito's, my favorite vodka. I've even impressed other Keto-following friends with this beverage and slight variations. I have substituted seltzer water for club soda, but the real winning combination is when I substitute black cherry flavored seltzer for club soda. It's taste just like a cherry limeade -- with a bit of a kick, of course. This recipe is a keeper for me!
I'm new to the keto diet. So I'm a bit uneducated but I don't understand where the 2g of carbs come from. Is it the splenda?
Same here!!! I think the club soda is why it has carbs.
Love all those ingredients! Except one..stevia. Yuck. It has that same darn aftertaste of 'pink' & 'blue' artificial sweeteners. Your perfect keto cocktail will be even more perfect! Promise. Use Monkfruit sugar. All natural plant, tastes like sugar, no carbs, no calories, non-glycemic..and has health benefits! Anti-inflammatory and others. Plus, finally, no nasty aftertaste!
Tasha Metcalf says
Completely agree! This recipe is a really old one (I don't really even drink anymore...!), but once I tried monkfruit it was hard using others. By far the best flavor!
I’m going to use diet club soda to further reduce the calories... should be amazing
Maree churchill says
Great im having tbat smell Tues night ta
Cynthia Barrie says
Any other sweetner to substitute? I just started and have a full bag of Monkfruit Raw. Totally sweet and used it in my coleslaw dressing, but can I use it here in place of the Stevia?
Tasha Metcalf says
You can use monkfruit, definitely. But it's really sweet so you will want to scale back quite a bit.