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Raspberry Basil Mojito

Escape the heat this summer with this icy concoction

The Raspberry Basil Mojito isn’t just refreshing on a hot day, it also replenishes the manganese you’re sweating out in the gym, which is vital for metabolizing protein and carbs. Plus, you’ll get a healthy dose of fiber, thanks to the berries. To make the calorie-free simple syrup in this exotic elixir, bring equal parts water and sugar substitute to a boil, remove from heat, and let cool. Refrigerate and use as needed.

10 fresh raspberries
4 mint leaves
4 basil leaves
3 lime wedges
1/2 oz simple syrup made with sugar substitute
2 oz club soda
2 oz diet lemon-lime soda
1 1/4 ozCruzan rum

[1]Using a bar muddler or a wooden spoon, mash raspberries, mint, basil, lime wedges, and simple syrup in a tall glass.

[2]Fill glass with ice.

[3]Add club soda and lemon-lime soda; top off with rum.

[4]Garnish with mint, basil, and two raspberries on a toothpick.

[5]Serve.

Nutrition facts for drink shown (made with sugar substitute): 90 calories, 2 g carbs, 0 g fat.

Todd Shields is a bartender at the Red Chair Lounge at Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach, Calif.

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