Chilli Mojito with Paprika Salt
The Keto Chilli Mojito is a low carb sensation, suitable for those spicy summer afternoons. The smokey paprika salt ignites the chilli infusion, smoothed out with a cool drop of mint, lime, and fresh soda water. This is a drink that will make you want more.
Alcohol is a common solvent. What is a solvent? It simply means that it’s able to dissolve other substances. This means that alcohol can easily take on flavors from other objects. In come the chillies!
Mojitos are most commonly made with white rum. I’m not a big fan of white rum, so I’ve decided to switch it out for tequila. It’s a common switch, so don’t call me crazy!
I have taken the classic mojito recipe and put my own spin on it. A Chilli mojito recipe with paprika salt! I’m a die-hard chilli fan, so incorporating it into cocktails is a very pleasing experience. Do you know what goes well with heat? Smoke! I’ve incorporated a smoky paprika salt for the rim to complement the cool refreshing taste.
Everybody seems to have a bad tequila experience. It’s such a shame because tequila is such a delicious drink if done right. Most commonly it’s used in tequila sunrise, or over consumed as a teenager. Tequila is commonly served neat in Mexico and as a shot with salt and lime across the rest of the world. Apparently, Casa Dragones is the best tequila to sip neat.
Tequila is made exclusively from Blue Agave, which is a form of Agave plant that is grown mostly in the red volcanic soils of Mexico. Tequila a type of mezcal, which literally means “overcooked agave”. To extract the agave syrup, the blue agave plant’s leaves are removed after seven to fourteen years, and extracted from the core of the plant, called the piña.
The remaining juice is filtered and heated to break the polysaccharides (complex carbohydrates) into monosaccharides (simple sugars). One of the main components of this plant is inulin, which is what is called a resistant starch. These types of starches benefit the bodies gut bacteria as it cannot be broken down. It feeds the good gut bacteria in your stomach and intestines.
What alcohol can I have on the keto diet?
Now, don’t worry. Every alcohol is made from sugar. The fermentation process converts the sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide, leaving very little actual sugar behind. In comparison to beer and wine, white spirits like Tequila is one of the best forms of Low carb alcohol you can have on the keto diet, otherwise known as keto drunk…
Beer is not recommended on the ketogenic diet, mainly because it’s made from grains, and it has a relatively high amount of carbs. Certain types of wine can be okay, so try to stick with the dryer varieties just to be safe.
Here is a full list of the products I recommend using whilst on the ketogenic diet.
Chilli Mojito with Paprika Salt - Keto Alcohol
- 2 Oz Chilli Infused Tequila 60 ml
- 1 Whole Chilli
- 1 Egg White
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 2 tsp Salt
- 4 wedge Lime
- 3.5 oz Lime Juice 100ml
- 3.5 oz Club Soda Soda Water (110ml)
- 18 leaves Mint
- Take 1 Chilli cut in half and let it soak in the tequila for 4 hours.
- Beat the egg whites and rim the top of 2 glasses with the egg whites.
- Mix together the salt and paprika. Place the mixture around the rims of the glasses.
- Muddle mint in a shaker. Press down the mint to release the flavour.
- Pour in the tequila, lemon juice and ice. Act like James Bond, shaken not stirred.
- Fill a glass with ice. Strain into the glass.
- Fill with the club soda (soda water). Garnish with the soaked chilli as a stirrer.