I recently realized that I need to drink more. Let me clarify. I’m not trying to cultivate a drinking problem. I don’t need to channel my inner lush and get soaked by noon, tossing the kid in front of Dora the Explorer while mommy drinks gin n’ juice from her very own sippy cup. No. No. No.
I just need to utilize the knowledge that there’s more to being over 21 than wine and beer. Sure, I go out and I order a martini. But why not at home? It’s like I’m scared of mixology.
We even have this lovely wet bar in the family room (we retiled it ourselves in a lovely Santa Fe style…framed dead cow head, ceramic tiles, Day of the Dead Mexican mask…actually guess that’s kinda Santa Muerte sounding, huh…). But we never use the bar. You might say, it’s dead to us. Ha.
Then I learned that I could easily (and quickly) make my favorite summer drink at home. The Mojito. Got a tasty version of it from Boston’s Fleming’s Steakhouse…it’s a skinny one called the Mojita Bonita and it’s only 99 calories!
1 oz. Stoli Vanil vodka
1 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. sugar-free vanilla syrup
1 oz. fresh lime juice
10 fresh mint leaves
2 oz. club soda
Place mint leaves and lime juice in glass. Use a muddler to bruise the mint leaves and release the mint oils (don’t over crush). Place Stoli Vanil, pineapple juice, sugar-free vanilla syrup and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake thoroughly. Pour into the glass with mint leaves and top with club soda. Garnish with mint sprig.