Mojito’s are my absolute favourite cocktail, along with a Whiskey Sour! Come summer, there is simply nothing better than an ice-cold Mojito and a warm sunny deck. However, that alcohol isn’t great for the gut, it literally whips out your good gut flora. If you make sure to replenish and feed your healthy gut bacteria before and after drinking as well as taking care of your liver so it can detoxify properly a drink here and there won’t be an issue.
However, sitting back and enjoying the sun goes down can be just as enjoyable with a mocktail as with a cocktail. This non-alcoholic Mojito is packed with antioxidants and the fermented goodness of kombucha! Whether you make your own or buy it at a store it’s a great and refreshing treat for both you and your gut. Quick and easy to make the whole family can enjoy it and it will go over great with any designated drivers at a party!
There are about 2 dozen species and hundreds of types of mint. In ancient Rome, it was believed that mint exhilarated the mind. Mint is a source of manganese, copper and vitamin C. Mint is beneficial for the stomach, shown to relieve symptoms of irritable bowel disease. Aiding digestion and reducing colonic muscle spasms. The secondary compound Perillyl alcohol in mint has exhibited benefits against reducing the growth of tumours of the pancreas, mammary and liver. Mint also protects against cancers of the digestive tract, lungs and skin. The essential oils in mint have beneficial anti-microbial properties. Mint is also an anti-inflammatory plant.
Coconut Palm Sugar
Derived from coconuts, which originated in the East Indies, Melanesia or the Tropics of America. There are very different types of coconut palm, which are differentiated by the nuts colour, size and shape. It has a trace amount of minerals and vitamins. Coconut Palm sugar is low on the glycemic index and lowers in fructose.
Limes originated in Malaysia. There are a variety of different limes, ranging from sour to sweet. A high source of Vitamin C as well as a good source of folate and pectin. The secondary compounds found in limes have antioxidant, anticancer and antibiotic effects (they include flavonol glycosides and kaempferol). Limonoids a compound found within limes has been found to fight against cancers of the mouth, skin, breast, lungs, colon and stomach. Limes have also been noted to reduce inflammation within the body; thereby being beneficial for individuals with rheumatoid arthritis.
Kombucha is over two thousand years old, originating in China, it was thought to be an elixir of immortality. Made from medicinal mushrooms, known as SCOBY (Symbiotic Community Of Bacteria and Yeast). It has been shown to improve digestion, aid in the loss of weight at the same time detoxifying the body. Kombucha helps to increase energy, reduces pain and has been shown to aid and assist in the prevention of cancer.
Mocktail Mojito with Kombucha
- 40 grams fresh mint
- 3-4 tbsp coconut palm sugar
- 4-5 limes
- 1 1/2 cups kombucha
- 2 1/2 cups carbonated mineral water
- Ice as much as you want
- Into a pitcher add mint – steam and all – add the coconut palm sugar and smush up the leaves and sugar.
- Squeeze out all the lime juice, when that is done cut up the limes and add them, with the juice into the pitcher.
- Mix up the mixture, add the ice followed by adding the kombucha and the carbonated mineral water.
Amanda Filipowicz is a certified nutritional practitioner (CNP) with a bachelor in environmental studies (BES) from York University. She also has certification in clinical detoxification, prenatal and postnatal care as well as nutrition for mental health. She has been working as a nutritionist since 2013 and is a lifelong proponent of eating healthy.