I'm also avoiding sugar when I can, so I didn't make a simple syrup. This is when you mix equal parts of sugar and water and heat it sufficiently to melt the sugar. This is the simple syrup they use in a lot of drink recipes.
This is my OK, but not as good as the original, Skinny mojito. Make it for yourself on a hot day, but use simple sugar and REAL limes for company!
Skinny Mojito, with out real limes:-(
Splenda (because we wouldn't want to use simple syrup, I forget why)
limes (or True Lime for those of us that live in the country and can't keep them from going bad before we use them! Hey! I just found a reason to miss California.)
Go out to your garden and pick some mint. See the lady bug? Don't pick those leaves. I have 60 acres so I can plant mint in my garden. Unless you want a whole yard full of mint, you should plant it in a pot. I don't mind if the hay gets minty. Fresher breath for the cows and horses.
Rinse the mint carefully. I found a bug on mine. Gross, man.
Tear off some of the smaller leaves and place in the bottom of a tall glass. Add the sweetener of your choice and a 1/2 cup or so of crushed ice. I have a muddler. It is a long wooden stick with a knob on the end. Use a wooden spoon if you don't have one and tamp down on the ice, Splenda and mint to release the flavor of the mint to the sweetener and the ice.
The thing I like about a mojito is how refreshing it is. The mint and the lime go great with the club soda. You can adjust the sweetener to suit and you can even leave the rum out if you are so inclined. I'm NOT so inclined. So there.