Boy, have I got a refreshing pregnancy hack for you! Now, I’ve never considered myself a “big” drinker. A glass of wine or two a week, a cocktail like this Classic St. Germain once a month, maybe. But since I’ve been pregnant, it’s like a switch flipped, and goodness do I miss the opportunity to imbibe. I’m sure it’s just a matter of wanting what you can’t have.
But I’ve had fun coming up with ways to enjoy my favorite cocktail flavors, sans booze. For example? Perrier Citron and Orange Juice makes a pretty decent Virgin Mimosa. And then there’s this Mojito Mocktail.
Right around lunch time, it was hot. Like, so hot that my phone turned itself off in protest. As per my regular state of being these days, by then, I was ravenous. Kate and I wandered over to Turning Point Restaurant, just next to where we were holding the bake sale. This restaurant is a fun little place, with a super fresh menu using local produce heavily, and the best coffee. Seriously, the $9 French Press of Kona is worth every penny.
Needing something extra refreshing, I spotted the Virgin Mojito on their blended drinks menu. The idea of mint and lime sounded just about perfect in that overheated moment, and I’ve been making these at home ever since. I fell head over heels for this easy slushy.
You only need a few simple ingredients and a blender. Before you know it, you’ll be relaxing on the deck, under a shady umbrella, not a care in the world except whether or not you have enough mint to make more!
Virgin Mojito Recipe
makes 2 pint-sized drinks
2/3 cup ice
1/2 cup organic lemonade
2 tablespoons lime juice
12-15 fresh mint leaves
1 teaspoon Splenda or Sugar, if desired
1/4 cup Perrier Citron, Lemon, or Lime (or your favorite seltzer)
Add ice, lemonade, lime juice, mint leaves, and splenda or sugar if using, to the blender. Use the ice crush setting or blend until ice reaches slushy consistency.
Add Perrier or seltzer and pulse again for just a moment to mix well.
Note: If you aren’t avoiding alcohol, feel free to add a shot of white rum to the blender with the initial ingredients for a real Mojito.