I am so excited, y'all. This time tomorrow, I'll be packing my bags and getting ready to head to the airport. Yup, it's vay-cay time!! The boyfriend and I are heading down to South Florida for a long-overdue and much-needed vacation. Well, we're mostly going down for a wedding and to see some old friends. But I plan to spend a lot of the trip getting my tan on, lounging at beaches as far north as West Palm and as far south as Key West. Did I mention I used to live in South Florida? Yes, I know the area pretty well. And while I was never particularly fond of the Florida restaurant scene, I am stoked to get some authentic Cuban food again. Ropa vieja, mojitos, yellow rice, black beans, plaintains and fried yuca. YUMMY! So dry your eyes. I'll be back in early October with more sugar-free tips and recipes and a recap of all my Florida shenanigans. Until then, here is a low-calorie mojito recipe so you can enjoy a refreshing Cuban cocktail from the comfort of your home...while I enjoy mine from South Beach or a Key West patio, bwahaha!
3/4 cup watermelon chunks, seedless or seeds removed
1 shot (1.5 oz.) rum
1 lime, cut into wedges
3 - 4 mint leaves
2 no-calorie sweetener packets (like Splenda or Truvia)
1 cup crushed ice or 5 - 7 ice cubes
Place the mint leaves, half the lime wedges, and the sweetener in a tall glass. Squeeze the juice from the remaining lime wedges into the glass and discard those wedges. Crush and "muddle" the mixture until the juice has been released from the lime wedges, the mint leaves are thoroughly bruised, and the sweetener has dissolved. Set aside.
Place the watermelon, rum, and ice in a blender, and blend until smooth. Pour into the glass with the lime-mint mixture and stir well. Drink up and be refreshed!