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Calories in a Mojito Drink

author image Nina K.
Nina K. is a Los Angeles-based journalist who has been published by,, Healthy Living Magazine, Organic Authority and numerous other print and web publications. She has a philosophy degree from the University of Colorado and a journalism certificate from UCLA.
Calories in a Mojito Drink
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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.

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Calorie Count

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.

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