Skinny Mojito Recipe

Skinny Mojito Recipe

This skinny mojito recipe is free of sugar and sweeteners and is perfect for those wanting to watching their diet or have blood sugar issues.

Speaking of blood sugar, this mojito cocktail just might lower it. I know it sounds crazy but I came across this sparkling water called Good Idea. It contains amino acids that have show to lower blood sugar when eaten with a high carb meal or sugar. So, with alcohol being considered a sugar I am using it as a mixer in this cocktail.

Here is the scoop on Good Idea Drinks and how they work.

This recipe is free of sugars and sweeteners so it is a little tart. If you like your cocktails a little sweeter you could add a drizzle of agave nectar or sweetener of choice. I like using pure lime juice which you can find jarred or make your own by juicing fresh lime. Here is where you can purchase the Good Idea Drinks.

Mojito Ingredients

Mojito Ingredients

Blood Sugar Buster Mojito

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
  • 2 Ounces Rum
  • 2 Whole Limes
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 Can Good Idea Sparkling Water Lemon Lime Flavor
  • 4 Sprigs Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 11/2 Cups Ice Cubes Divided
  1. In cocktail shaker add 2 sprigs of mint and 6 lime slices. Muddle until juice is released from limes and mint is aromatic.

    mint and lime mojito
  2. Add rum and lime juice and 1/2 cup ice cubes. Shake well.

    mojito with lime juice
  3. Divide remaining ice into two glasses. Using cocktail shaker strainer divide mojito mixture into two glasses. Top off with desired amount of Good Idea sparkling water.

    mojito with sparkling water
  4. Garnish with remaining lime slices and mint. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you would like your mojito a little sweeter add sweetener of choice in with the limes and mint and muddle until sugar or sweetener is mostly dissolved.





Cranberry and Blood Orange Cocktail with Pomegranate Tequila

Cranberry and Blood Orange Cocktail with Pomegranate Tequila

Cranberry and Blood Orange Cocktail

This cocktail is perfect for a variety of holidays throughout the year with just a change in the garnish. With February upon us it makes a lovely cocktail for Valentines Day.

We had an early Valentines celebration with some friends and I had the La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila that I got in Mexico while at the El Dorado Royale. I thought with it’s beautiful red color it would make a fun Valentine cocktail. After a little trial and error, I got just the right combo of ingredients for this delicious cocktail.


La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila

Cranberry and Blood Orange Cocktail featuring La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila
  • 2 oz La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila
  • 4 oz Unsweetened Cranberry Juice*
  • 2 tbsp Blood Orange Syrup
  • 2 tbsp Agave Nectar
  • 1/4 cup Sparkling Orange Water
Optional: Fresh Pomegranate Arils and Blood Orange Slices for Garnish
  1. Pour pomegranate tequila, cranberry juice, blood orange syrup and agave nectar in to shaker. Shake until blended. Fill serving glass with ice. Pour drink mixture into glass add sparkling water. Garnish with pomegranate arils and blood orange slices if desired.

    *If you are using sweetened cranberry juice, omit the agave nectar.

Round Pond Blood Orange Syrup

The blood orange syrup which you can see is gone, came in a set of syrups from the Round Pond Winery in Napa. The blood orange syrup is delicious and I have used it on a cheeseboard to be drizzled over goat cheese and have used it to drizzle over pound cake and ice cream as a dessert topping. The last of it went into this cocktail! I’m looking forward to cracking open the Meyer lemon syrup and see what happens. I already know it is delicious as I sampled it while on a visit there. I think you should be able to order it online at the Round Pond website.

Cranberry Blood Orange Cocktail Ingredients

I need to be clear that I am not getting any kickback on any of these products. It just happened to be the brands I had on hand or like.  You can certainly find a variety of brands that make a blood orange syrup, juices and agave, so buy what ever you like! I made a note in the recipe but if you end up getting cranberry juice that is already sweetened, you should omit the agave nectar as it will make the cocktail to sweet.

I’m not sure about other pomegranate tequilas. You can do some sleuthing on your own to find a brand you like or you can find out where to buy the La Pinta in your area on their website. You could certainly use plain tequila as well.

La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila

I think this cocktail would be great for quite a few holidays. Just change up the garnishes a bit.  For Christmas add a sprig of mint, basil or rosemary for a pop of green. For the 4th of July omit the blood orange slice and add blueberries.

I would love to hear what some of you favorite cocktails are so feel free to comment below or email me with any questions.










New Winter Menu and $25 to try it at Bonefish Grill

New Winter Menu and $25 to try it at Bonefish Grill


The New Winter Menu is now available at Bonefish Grill and I’ve got $25 towards your meal to giveaway for you to try it!


I recently had the chance to use one of the $25 Bonefish cards to check out the new menu and I have to say that although it is only usable on food items, I recommend you splurge a little and get the new Winter White Cosmo! It is so delicious.  My girlfriend and I met for lunch and started the meal with a couple of these beauties.

The white cranberry juice cocktail is studded with real red cranberries that add a festive touch for the holidays.  Not to mention those little gems soak up some of the drinks goodness which makes the entire cocktail edible.


When it came time to decide to have another or not, my girlfriend admitted that if she did it would most likely turn her into a day drinker so we decided to move on to the main course.

With the both of us not being huge seafood fans we went for salads.

I chose the Florida Cobb Salad with wood-grilled chicken, avocado, mango, tomatoes, Blue cheese and citrus herb vinaigrette. My girlfriend ordered the Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad  with roasted corn, black beans, Feta, grape tomatoes, red onion and cilantro lime vinaigrette. When she asked the waitress if chicken could be used instead of shrimp the answer was an astounding yes.


The salads were fresh and delicious.  I loved how the mango on the Florida Cobb is sweet and pairs nicely with the salty blue cheese.

I am also pleased to tell you that the amazing Swordfish and Pumpkin Ravioli is still available. We got an order of this to share, sans the swordfish. You can read about how amazingly delicious it is here.


The staff, food and service at Bonefish Grill is spot on and the is the perfect place to meet for ladies who lunch or really just anybody wanting a great lunch or dinner!

In addition to that fabulous Winter White Cosmo, the New Winter Menu features delights like NEW Lobster, Crab & Artichoke Dip with sweet lobster, lump crab and house-made tortilla chips and succulent Fresh Oscar Mahi Mahi. The wood-grilled fresh Mahi Mahi is topped with jumbo lump crab, freshly steamed asparagus and lemon butter.


With dishes indulgent enough to make any celebration spectacular, Bonefish Grill’s Winter Menu also includes Misoyaki Chilean Sea Bass grilled over oak, then topped with misoyaki marinade and pickled ginger relish, on a bed of sautéed spinach, mushrooms and jasmine rice.

Enjoy pairing these dishes with the tasty Wiinter White Cosmo, featuring Reyka Vodka, Cointreau, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, white cranberry juice and fresh lime juice – handcrafted to order.


Guests can end their meal on a sweet note with seasonal Chocolate Crème Brulé, an indulgent twist on a classic dessert made in-house with a splash of delicious Grand Marnier.

chocolate creme brulee

If your looking for holiday gifts in addition to a great meal, receive a $10 Bonus Card for every $50 purchased in gift cards now through December 31. Plus, enjoy Free Gift Card Personalization with a greeting card and Free Standard Shipping when you purchase online, or pick them up at your local Bonefish Grill.

To score the $25 towards your meal at Bonefish Grill, just comment below on what New Winter Menu item you want to try.  Is is the Winter White Cosmo, The Mahi Mahi, Chilean Sea Bass, Lobster, Crab and Artichoke Dip or Chocolate Crème Brulé?

Contest is open for one week and will end Midnight, Sunday, December 18. Winner will be chosen using and notified via email.


Andrew Olsen from Cleaver and Cork shares Award Winning Cocktail

Andrew Olsen from Cleaver and Cork shares Award Winning Cocktail

Andrew Olsen from Cleaver & Cork was recently named the Kansas City finalist in the Four Roses Charity Cocktail Challenge, which raised funds for Stupid Cancer. Andrew will compete with bartenders from 7 other cities for a chance to spend a day with their Master Distiller Jim Rutledge.

Andrew Olsen of Cleaver and Cork

Andrew Olsen of Cleaver and Cork

For the competition, Andrew showcased Four Roses Small Batch in his Carly’s Caribbean Sour Cocktail.

I was at Cleaver & Cork a few months ago and the both the food and cocktails are amazing. If you have not been, it is worth going. The menu developed by Chef Alex Pope uses a mix of local and seasonal ingredients. The cheese curds are amazing and the sweet potato soup is the best I have ever had.

Cleaver and Cork

Cleaver and Cork Cheese Curds

Cleaver and Cork Sweet Potato Soup

Cleaver and Cork Sweet Potato Soup


I have been invited in to try Andrew’s new cocktail but due to some traveling I cannot make it in for a while. So in the meantime the folks at Four Roses have sent me a couple samples of the Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon and the recipe to create it at home.

Andrew Olsen of Cleaver and Cork

Andrew Olsen of Cleaver and Cork

Carly's Caribbean Sour

Carly’s Caribbean Sour

I must say I am pretty impressed with my cocktail making skills.  I loved the citrus notes of the drink and the bourbon is incredibly smooth. Here is the recipe so you can practice your cocktail slinging skills as well.

Carly’s Caribbean Sour
1.5 oz Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
3/4 oz Lemon Simple
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Angostura
1//2 Orange Juice

Lemon Simple is a lemon infused simple syrup.  I made my own by combing equal parts sugar and water steeping in some lemon zest and adding a little fresh lemon juice. The recipe follows.

Lemon Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

Zest of one lemon

1/4 cup lemon juice

Combine water and sugar in sauce whisk until sugar is dissolved. Add lemon zest and bring to a boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep for 15 minutes.  Strain through mesh strainer and discard zest and any lumps. Add 1/4 cup lemon juice and mix well.  Pour into glass mason jar or storage container of choice. This should keep for about a month in the fridge.

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