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Virgin Mojitos

February 17, 2012

I have a little something to tell you.  Would you believe that I have never had a mojito?  It’s true.  Until I made these virgin mojitos I had never had one.  Obviously, that was incentive enough 🙂

Traditionally, a mojito is cocktail that consists of five ingredients: white rum, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice), lime juice, sparkling water and mint. The original Cuban recipe uses spearmint.  Its combination of sweetness, refreshing citrus and mint flavors are intended to complement the potent kick of the rum, and have made this clear highball a popular summer drink.

When preparing a mojito, lime juice is added to sugar (or syrup) and mint leaves. The mixture is then gently mashed with a muddler. The mint leaves should only be bruised to release the essential oils and should not be shredded.  Then rum is added and the mixture is briefly stirred to dissolve the sugar and to lift the mint leaves up from the bottom for better presentation. Finally, the drink is topped with whole ice cubes and sparkling soda water. Mint leaves and lime wedges are used to garnish the glass.
There are several versions of the mojito, according to Wikipedia.

This virgin mojito recipe includes fresh basil and is alcohol free, obviously 🙂  It is very simple to make and takes less than 10 minutes to mix together, awesome, right?!!  It is a very refreshing drink that is probably best suited for the summer months.  It was spring like weather here the other day so we celebrated with a Virgin Mojito!!  We wished you were here, celebrating spring like weather with us because you are wonderful 🙂

Virgin Mojito

Ingredients

   1/2 cup torn fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup torn fresh mint leaves
large lime, cut into small wedges
1 teaspoon organic evaporated cane juice or sugar
2 cups sparkling water
Ice, as desired
Fresh mint sprigs for garnish, optional

To Prepare

Place basil, mint, lime and cane juice in the bottom of a large martini shaker. Using a wooden spoon, crush mixture until lime releases most of its juice and herbs are slightly bruised, about 2 minutes.
Top with sparkling water and stir to combine. Fill 2 glasses with ice and divide mixture evenly among glasses. If desired, garnish with mint sprigs.

Makes 2 Cocktails

Sources Clean Eating
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Wikipedia

If you are looking for a way to relax and unwind this weekend I suggest that you mix up a couple of these and do just that 🙂

From our kitchen to yours,
Sydney Jones

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. February 17, 2012 4:25 pm

    These look fantastic! How refreshing.

  2. February 17, 2012 4:33 pm

    Well, speaking of beautiful photographs! These are gorgeous! What a refreshingly beautiful drink this is! I love basil and mint muddled together. I’m hitting my printer button on this one! Thanks so much Sydney!

    • February 17, 2012 7:48 pm

      I hope you like it Spree, it is so light and flavorful perfect for summer, too 🙂

  3. February 17, 2012 4:41 pm

    This is beautiful! I absolutely love the color and that first shot is fantastic.

  4. February 17, 2012 9:35 pm

    Gorgeous shots! Thanks for sharing! =]

  5. February 17, 2012 9:36 pm

    Love mojitos and I bought a muddler a while back that has not been used yet. Guess I will have to wait for spring when my mint returns.

  6. February 18, 2012 9:49 pm

    This photo is absolutely stunning!

  7. February 20, 2012 5:17 am

    A very refreshing drink. I like the addition of basil. Those photo shots are amazing. I especially like the one with a splash. Take care, BAM

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