This easy Kiwi Skinny Mojito recipe gives a fruity summer twist to a classic mojito cocktail recipe. This easy cocktail is delicious, lightened up by using agave syrup instead of sugar, and is naturally sweetened by the kiwi fruit. Great to serve on a hot day or for a Cinco De Mayo celebration!
Mojito’s are my go-to cocktail, especially in the spring and summer months. I love all the fresh flavors that come together in a refreshing drink. I don’t always love all the sugar in a traditional mojito, so I decided to make a skinny version that replaces the sugar with agave and decided to add kiwi to the mix. I’ve also added a splash of club soda to give it some fizz. If it could come with a hammock and a beach, I'd be all set!
What is a mojito?
A mojito is a popular summertime drink that includes fresh mint and lime that’s muddled with sugar and mixed with white rum and club soda. Mojitos have gained popularity all across the world due to it’s vibrant sweet and flavor and refreshing tastes. This recipe is a classic mojito recipe mixed with fresh kiwi for a unique twist!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Making this cocktail is a great way to use up fresh mint leaves when they’re in season.
- This skinny kiwi mojito also makes a great cocktail without the alcohol added.
- It has less sugar than a traditional mojito by using agave and the naturally sweet flavor of kiwi.
- It’s the perfect drink to bring in a pitcher at a pool party or summer BBQ.
Ingredients You'll Need
- Mint Leaves - Gives the cocktail a vibrant and bold refreshing twist.
- Lime - Adds a fresh flavor and acidity to the mojito.
- Raw Sugar - Used to rim the outside of the glass for a beautiful presentation.
- Kiwi Fruit - Blended up to add sweetness, texture, and beautiful green color.
- Agave Nectar - Adds additional sweet flavor to the mojito without being overly sweet.
- White Rum - This alcohol pairing is part of a classic mojito.
- Club Soda - Gives a bit of fizz and refreshing texture.
- Ice - Blended into the drink gives it a nice cold temperature, especially for a hot day.
How To Make Kiwi Mint Mojitos
Rinse and pat mint leaves dry (I love a salad spinner for this). Muddle the mint leaves to release the oils using a mortar and pestle, or you can do it directly in the cocktail shaker with the back of a wooden spoon. Just gently press down on the leaves to release the juices (you don't want mint mush).
Place the sliced kiwi and agave nectar in a mini food processor or blender.
Puree the kiwi and agave nectar until smooth.
Next, use one of the lime slices to run along the rim of two glasses. Add a tablespoon of raw sugar in a shallow bowl and dip the rim of the glasses to coat with the sugar and fill with ice. Pour the kiwi mixture, 2 oz white rum, 1 oz fresh lime juice (2 of the quarters squeezed), and muddled mint in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and pour into the two prepared low ball glasses. Top each glass with 2 oz of club soda and stir to mix. Garnish with extra kiwi, lime, and mint leaves.
Recipe Tips & Cocktail Variations
- To dry the mint leaves quickly and thoroughly, use a salad spinner!
- Make sure you muddle the leaves gently to release the flavor. They should not be pulverized or mushy.
- Add a unique flavor twist by using a splash of your favorite flavored sparkling water such as lime or orange.
- The best way to serve a kiwi mojito at a party is to make a large pitcher without the rum and serve the rum on the side letting people choose their amount of alcohol. This also ensures that alcohol-free guests can enjoy it, too!
- Use yellow kiwi for a beautiful golden yellow-colored mojito.
- Swap out the agave and sweeten your cocktail with stevia, honey, or coconut sugar to keep it refined sugar-free.
- Don’t like white rum? Use your favorite vodka instead!
- Mojitos go great served alongside any refreshing meal like this Island Chicken with Pineapple Salsa or with chips and Avocado Dip.
Best Rum For Mojitos
There are so many different white rum choices that differ in price or taste. These are the top 5 best white rum choices for your mojito!
- Bacardi Silver Rum
- Cruzan Light Rum
- Ron Matusalem Platino
- Havana Club Anejo Blanco Puerto Rican Rum
- 10 Cane Rum
Yes! Although the skin is thin and some may consume it, it should be peeled and discarded when making this cocktail recipe.
If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, you can muddle the mint right in a cocktail shaker using the back of a spoon.
Mojitos taste like a fizzy lime drink that is bright, refreshing, and sweet. The flavors are bold enough that you won’t be able to taste the rum!
*This post was originally published in March 2012 and has been updated to improve the reader experience. This delicious recipe remains the same. 🙂
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Kiwi Skinny Mojito
- 4 mint leaves muddled
- 1 lime quartered
- 2 tablespoon raw sugar for the rim
- 2 kiwis peeled and sliced
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar
- 2 oz white rum
- 4 oz club soda
- *optional garnishes extra sliced kiwi, lime, and extra sprigs of fresh mint
- Rinse and pat mint leaves dry. Muddle the mint leaves to release the oils using a mortar and pestle, or you can do it directly in the cocktail shaker with the back of a wooden spoon. Just gently press down on the leaves (you don't want mint mush).
- In a mini food processor, puree the two peeled and chopped kiwis and agave nectar.
- Next, use one of the lime slices to run along the rim of two glasses. Pour the raw sugar in a shallow bowl and dip the rim of the glasses to coat with the sugar and fill with ice.
- Pour the kiwi mixture, 2 oz light rum, 1 oz fresh lime juice (2-3 of the quarters squeezed, depending on the size of the lime), and muddled mint in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and pour into the two prepared low ball glasses.
- Top each glass with 2 oz of club soda and stir to mix. Garnish with extra kiwi, lime, and mint leaves.