Monday, June 4, 2012

Light and Refreshing Mojito Smoothie




Mojitos are one of my all-time favourite summertime drinks.
On the weekends, my husband and I try to escape for a few blessed moments of tranquility by the lake to enjoy a refreshing cocktail.  Side by side on our wobbly dock, we chat about our crazy lives, share our dreams and soak in a few moments of calm and gratitude.

It seems we are both huge fans of freshly squeezed lime juice and typically alternate between margaritas and mojitos as our favoured drink.  We have a simple electric citrus juicer that burns through 12 limes in no time, extracting every ounce of goodness. 

On hot and sticky summer days when we are back in the city, I find myself craving that same fresh lime juice but since it is not generally advisable to consume rum or tequila during the day (something to do with reduced productivity levels), I fashion a delicious protein rich smoothie that has all the taste and refreshing qualities of the mojito without the alcohol.

I hope you enjoy this smoothie as much as I do - our boys also love this drink!


Light and Refreshing Mojito Smoothie
  • 1 ½ cups plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • Zest of 1 lime, or to taste (see note below)
  • Juice of 3 limes, or to taste (see note below)
  • 10-15 fresh mint leaves
  • Handful of lemon thyme leaves, optional
  • 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup (substitute agave or natural honey) *note: this mojito is quite tart, if you prefer you can adjust by reducing the amount of zest/juice and increasing gently the maple syrup/honey to suit your taste

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Serves 2

Because this smoothie is comprised of fruit juice rather than fruit pulp, you may find that it is not as thick as a traditional smoothie.  It tastes every bit as good but if you find it overly liquid, you can play around with the consistency by adding more yogurt and omitting the milk, as desired. 

This mojito is quite tart.  If you prefer, you can adjust by reducing the amount of zest/juice and increasing gently the maple syrup/honey to suit your taste

I had some beautiful lemon thyme growing in my little herb box so I couldn’t resist tossing a handful into the mix.  Delicious.




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Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Pour into two large glasses, sit back, breathe, relax, enjoy.

Sunset on the water - wobbly dock in the foreground



66 comments:

  1. Look so good! Love the addition of lemon thyme. It's winter time over here, though, so this will have to wait, for me...

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  2. Love this!!!
    It is like crazy hot here, this is exactly what I need....

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  3. What a fantastic smoothie. I love mojitos and this makes them even better!

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  4. Laura @ Sprint 2 the TableJune 4, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    This looks fantastically refreshing. And I have a ton of mint to use up. :)

    Great idea to use the yogurt - I love a drink that will act as a snack too.

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  5. I've never thought of making a mojito smoothie, I think my boyfriend will love this recipe!

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  6. Lisa {Smart Food and Fit}June 4, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    I love mojito's! I have mint growing in my backyard just to make mojito's! LOL. I also have thyme in my garden, but will have to grow some lemon thyme too. I cannot wait to make your smoothie! Sounds so refreshing!

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  7. YUM! I'll bet these would be delicious popsicles too! Love the refreshing flavors you've used here.

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  8. mmmm lime mojito with greek yogurt sounds so healthy and refreshing!

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  9. Kelly, I love this mojito smoothie idea! Your photos are so beautiful and the colours refreshing, I already feel as if I were having a cooling tangu smoothie. (Actually it gives me some crazy modification ideas too... but I have to think them over) I always have a couple of limes in the fridge and cannot imagine to start a weekend without checking their stock.

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  10. Kelly you just painted such a wonderful picture of a summer weekend. I hope you enjoy many delicious mojitos on the dock this year! :-)

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  11. Gorgeous photos, so enticing and refreshing looking! I love that this is high in protein too!

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  12. What a lovely view, wobbly dock and all. Mojitos are our summertime fav's too. This sounds delicious and healthy too!

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  13. Gorgeous sunset and I love this recipe!!

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  14. Well this just sounds lovely! I could see ourselves enjoying this mid day counting our blessings too. What a nice treat.

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  15. I love anything involving lime and mint together. But add lemon thyme, my absolute favourite herb ever...and I might just cry with joy. Especially as it's alcohol-free therefore I could enjoy more than about half a glass without becoming embarrassingly tipsy...

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  16. You MUST confess: you did write this for me, right? Just for me! ;-)

    I am always searching for non-alcoholic drinks and this one is perfection in a glass: we are very fond of mojitos, but having a non=alcoholic version is very much appreciated!

    (gorgeous photo, it calmed me down just looking at it....)

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  17. This looks rather nice - though I guess one could always add a small splash of harder stuff in to be naughty :D

    Love your sunset... how come we never have sunsets like that where I am? :(

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  18. This looks awesome! What a great afternoon delight!

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  19. What an absolutely creative idea!!! I love it! And I have everything for it - including the lemon thyme!!! You can bet I'll be making this sometime this week!

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  20. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.June 4, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    This drink looks so perfectly refreshing!! Perfect for drinking on a perfect summer night!

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  21. I love the sound of alone time with the hubby by a lake discussing dreams and talking about crazy lives. I crave moments like that and it's all the better with this fabulous concoction. :) And I love the view from the wobbly dock. Everything about this is perfect.

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  22. I love mojitos and surely, leave it to you , Kelly to make a healty and mouth watering version! I love the idea of making it a smoothie with greek yogurt. Great recipe!

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  23. Karen (Back Road Journal)June 5, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    Love the idea of a mojito smoothie...makes me think I'm back in Florida.

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  24. Ohhh, Kelly,
    This lools sooo good. I love love love the taste of mint inside those!

    Happy Tuesday. <3

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  25. Wow, you have a lake house? So jealous! ;)

    I'm a big fan of lime juice drinks too...sour drinks are definitey my favorite. This is such a perfect drink for a warm day! I never thought to make a smoothie with lime juice!

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  26. Very fresh and refreshing. Right up my alley.

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  27. That really does sound light and refreshing...i am all for smoothies in the summer time and this one looks fantastic!
    - abeer @ www.cakewhiz.com

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  28. Arh so refreshing!! I'm not much of a drinker but when I have an occasion I drink something light and zesty (and often fruity) drink! It's getting warmer here (yesterday was freeeezing cold) and school is over... it's real summer time!! Beautiful drink, Kelly! :-)

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  29. Happy When Not HungryJune 5, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Wow this looks so fresh and delicious! I have limes, Greek yogurt and fresh mint so I'm def trying this tomorrow. Yum!

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  30. What a great idea for a smoothie Kelly!

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  31. What a wonderful smoothie...so perfect for summer!

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  32. SweetcarolinescookingJune 6, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    What a gorgeous and refreshing smoothie...sounds so good! I'm definitely a fan of mojitos, so I know I'd love this too. Wow, and that sunset is stunning. :)

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  33. A mojito in smoothie form? Yes, please!

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  34. Kelly, I am so into milkshakes and smoothies right now. But this sounds wonderfully refreshing and light! And it's so nice that you get to sneak a little time away together and reflect and enjoy! : )

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  35. I love this smoothie and it sounds so refreshing with the lime added. Beautiful sunset.

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  36. That looks like a wonderful way to start the day - yum!

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  37. Agreed on the snack front! A two for two :)

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  38. Thanks so much for stopping by Jenny! I hope your boyfriend loves it... ;-)

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  39. Haha!! I think I would grow mint just for mojitos too! :)

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  40. I like the popsicle idea... I have also made this into frozen summer pie... YUMMM!!

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  41. I agree, the modification ideas are endless! So much fun to play around with summer freshness. Haha, I hate runnig out of lemons/limes too! :)

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  42. It sure does pack a wonderful protein punch - doubles nicely as a snack.

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  43. Thanks so much for dropping in Claire!

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  44. Haha, I'm crying with you.... ;-)

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  45. You found me out! ;0)

    You're right, you do like your non-alcohol cocktails... If you enjoy lime, I think you and Phil will love this one!!

    I'm glad you liked the photo - thanks Sally :)

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  46. Hi Missy, thanks so much for dropping by!

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  47. Thanks for dropping by Diana!

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  48. Thanks so much Kristy :)

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  49. Ah, we spent many a moon fixing up our little cabin on the water...

    Here's the before and after tale: http://www.inspirededibles.ca/2011/06/marbled-french-toast-with-fresh.html

    ;0)

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  50. Thanks Cakewhiz and welcome to Inspired Edibles!

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  51. This one doesn't contain alcohol so hopefully it works for you!

    Have a beautiful day Nami :)

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  52. Thanks Anne - I can't recommend occasional downtime strongly enough ;0)

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  53. Thanks so much for stopping by Saffron and Honey :)

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  56. Limes and lemons are always in our fridge - we simply never run out of them... yeap, will be making this really soon!

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  57. I would feel Utlra-Summer-Fab sipping on one of these!

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  58. Holy cow..this looks so dreamy and cool!

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  59. The heck with the kids ... gimme some rum! Perfect for our heatwave ... aahhhh .... bliss ... definitely with rum, did I mention that already?

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  60. Haha, funny girl!! ;0)

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  61. wow, your cabin sounds awesome! I'd love to have a little fixer-upper vacation place in the future :)

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  63. What a fabulous idea for a smoothie!

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