Made with rum, lime and mint leaves, mojitos are a refreshing choice on hot summer days. However, they usually have added sugar, which translates to a relatively high calorie count. Beware of jumbo-sized mojitos at restaurants and bars, which can destroy your diet in minutes. Even in normal sizes, the mojito is best left as an occasional treat.
Mojito calories vary by recipe, but a standard 8-ounce serving will be about 215 calories. The light rum contains about 97 calories per 1.5-ounce shot, and the syrup or granulated sugar accounts for most of the remaining calories. For a lighter version, use less rum and more soda water, fresh lime juice instead of the sweetened variety and a calorie-free stevia sweetener instead of sugar. This can knock the calorie count to well under 100 calories per serving.