The other day, I told my son he could go get a pop from the fridge. This is a rather remarkable event for several reasons. In the first instance, he had no idea what I was talking about when I said pop, so I had to explain that pop was the Canadian term for soda. Apparently being a Canadian while raising kids in the US can lead to some cultural misunderstandings. Secondly, it was remarkable that I was even uttering the sentence to him at all. I very rarely let my kids have pop (soda), and I never offer it to them of my own accord. I’ve never been much of a pop (soda) drinker, and although we keep some around the house, it’s mostly for guests and a six pack can last us months upon months.
Sugary, carbonated drinks have never been my thing, as they tend to make me feel more parched than I started off with, but I am also not very keen on the artificial sweeteners in most diet pops. And given the epidemic of obesity in our society, I am so very glad that pop (soda) drinking was not a habit I ever developed. I usually stick to water to quench my thirst. But I occasionally find myself sick of the taste of H2O and eager for something else to cool my tongue, and it’s not easy to find something that meets my specifications.
Enter Honest Tea and Honest Fizz. The dear Vijay of NoshOn.It, a fun foodie website run by local Bostonians, asked if I wanted to work with Honest Tea and try out their line of zero calorie beverages. Knowing my low carb, healthy bent, he was very careful to find out exactly what they sweetened their drinks with and present me with all the information. Since they use erythritol and stevia, I was happy to give them a go but was still somewhat doubtful they’d live up to my expectations. They sent a wonderful sample pack of their teas and pops (sodas) and I was seriously impressed. My Honest Review of the Honest Tea zero calorie beverages? They are honestly good. It takes a lot to win over a non-pop (soda) drinker, so I am not just saying that. My favourites were the Lemon Limey and the Professor Fizz (their take on Doctor Pepper). It’s the closest “diet” pop (soda) to the real thing I’ve ever tasted and since I don’t like sugary drinks, I like it even better than the real thing.
I also thought it would be fun to try making one of my favourite cocktails to showcase the Honest Fizz products. I fell hard and fast in love with mojitos from the first sip many years ago, but since they’re typically made with sugar syrup, they’re hard to recreate with low carb sweeteners. I’ve tried a couple of times and not been happy with the results. But the moment I tasted the Lemon Limey Honest Fizz, I thought it might be a good substitute for the club soda and allow me to skip the sweetener altogether. So below, I present you the Honest Mojito, a perfect blend of mint, lime, rum and a bit of sweet Fizz. They were delicious!
Honest Mojitos - Sugar-Free
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- 3 ounces white rum
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 can Lemon Limey Honest Fizz
- Divide mint leaves between two highball glasses and use a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon to crush.
- Divide rum between glasses and let sit 3 minutes to infuse with mint flavour.
- Add ice to each glass and divide lime juice between them.
- Top up with Lemon Limey Honest Fizz.