I admit I’m extremely looking forward to enjoying a nice chilled glass of Riesling for dessert or even a cold beer while I watch a baseball game.
After the baby comes, of course (hint, hint, baby Savannah!).
But, in the meantime, I have enjoyed putting together some tasty non-alcoholic, baby-friendly concoctions, such as this Non-Alcoholic Raspberry Mojito, or Faux-jito, as I have endearingly called it. Or Mocktail. Cute, right? Anyone?
Anyways, I thoroughly enjoyed this tasty little drink and wanted to share it with you. It’s perfect for a lazy day at the pool, a baby shower, a backyard BBQ with the kids or whatever your little heart desires.
No alcohol. No guilt. Just tasty goodness.
Mojitos are probably my favorite cocktail. I love them because they are fruity, fresh and flavorful. Really, what’s not to love about combining fresh raspberries, juicy lime and crisp mint in a drink?
Non-Alcoholic Raspberry Mojitos
makes 1 serving/drink
3-4 fresh raspberries, plus more for garnish
5-6 mint leaves
2 tbsp. simple syrup (see directions below for how to make a simple syrup)
1/4 cup cran-raspberry juice (or just raspberry juice if you can find it)
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice (approx. 1/2 medium-large lime)
1/2 cup club soda or sparkling mineral water
To make a simple syrup, combine 1 cup granulated sugar with 1 cup water (or just equal parts, if making more or less) in a medium sauce pan. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until it begins to boil and sugar is completely dissolved. Allow to cool.
In a tall glass, add raspberries, mint leaves and the simple syrup. Muddle (squish with the back of a wooden spoon) well until the mint, simple syrup and raspberries are well-combined. If possible, try not to break apart the mint leaves, as this (in my opinion) will make for a less pleasant drinking experience. Fill glass with ice. Add cran-raspberry juice, then lime juice and then fill with soda.
Garnish with lime wedge or additional raspberries, if desired.