In the warm summer months, I love to sit outside and relax on our back patio, my Nook in one hand and a refreshing drink in the other. I pop Sirius on, close my eyes, and pretend I am laying on the beach. 🙂
I love summer cocktails, both in the traditional and non-alcoholic versions. One of my favorites is the mojito. We use a very basic mojito recipe: muddle 1/2 of a lime and approximately ten fresh mint leaves in a glass. Fill the glass with ice, then add about an ounce of simple syrup* and 2 ounces of white rum. Fill with club soda to taste (I usually use about 2 ounces).
*Simple Syrup: Add equal parts sugar and water to a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and simmer until thickened. Allow to cool before using. I put it in a plastic drink container, and keep it in the fridge for easy accessibility. 🙂
This is one drink that I just didn’t think would work without the rum, at least until last summer. I was texting with my mom, and she mentioned that my dad was having a real mojito, but she was having a “virgin mojoto“. Although the misspelling of mojito was unintentional, it worked–my mom’s nickname is Jo. 🙂
Since then, I have affectionately called a virgin mojito a mo-Jo-to. It is a refreshing summer treat that is easy to adapt. Simply omit the rum, cut the simple syrup in half, and double the club soda. Easy-peasy! Enjoy!
Do you have a favorite summer drink (alcoholic or non)? Personalized adaptations? I’d love to try some new recipes! 🙂