Yesterday was a relaxing day in the Valley of the Sun. My mom lives in an “active adult living” community in southern Arizona with golf courses and clubhouses, and pimped out golf carts. Every day is a vacation for these people and they take relaxing seriously.
We started out by heading to Starbucks and had a great time listening to a group of retirees, who look like they meet for coffee every day, discussing matters of religion and politics. Two Jewish retirees ended up talking with their Christian semi-retiree friend about the validity of Jesus, the history of the Catholic church, and other Obama political matters. My mom and I just sat there listening and secretly staring from behind our sunglasses.
Then we got manicure and pedicures and headed for the pool. Aaahhhhhhh! I was a bit of a troublemaker and brought in a water bottle filled with diet 7-Up, Bacardi, and lemon and lime wedges. After about an hour in the sun with my Nook, tunes, and water bottle cocktail it was time to go get ready for dinner. Also known as getting into a really cute outfit and having another cocktail.
Mamma B wanted to try a mojito but has been sober over 15 years (Yay MOM!) so we tried a virgin one for her. I Googled, “virgin mojito” and found a recipe that turned out to be super yummy, both with and without rum. Note: Instead of sugar I used Splenda. And we put them in a martini glass rather than a traditional highball, for a fun twist.
1 tablespoon Splenda
Mint leaves- one medium sprig
In the bottom of a tall glass, add the sugar, mint leaves, and juice from the lime. Use a muddler, or the back of a spoon to crush and mix the ingredients together. At this point, what it looks like is not important – the more you muddle, the more the flavors will mix, and the better it will taste!
Add club soda to taste. You don’t want to dilute the flavor too much, but you can do this step to your own taste preferences.
Pour over ice and enjoy!
Other options are to use ginger ale or Sprite instead of club soda. It all depends on what you like. Experimenting with these flavors yields yummy rewards!