Summer Cocktail!

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. 🙂

Of course, I have to open them again if I want to get any reading done, and my real view looks nothing like 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! 🙂

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Susi Borath finds time to write between freelance marketing jobs, minor league baseball games, creating new cookie recipes, and juggling more laundry than any two people should be able to produce. You can find more about her at or follow @susiborath on Twitter.

6 thoughts on “Summer Cocktail!

  1. There’s a restaurant near our house – La Casa del Mojito – that’s on a tiny triangular piece of land between Lake City Way (4-lane highway) and residential streets. Early in the evening, their little bitty bar has stacks of 12-ounce glasses partially filled with mint leaves, and over the course of the night they pour in rum and 7-Up and serve. The whole place probably seats 20 people, but it’s a whole lot of fun. The food – and the mojitos – are awesome!


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