I’ve mentioned several times recently how easy my pregnancy has been so far (::knocks on wood::). One of the hardest parts for me has been giving up alcohol. Now before you go and get any ideas, let me just tell you that I don’t drink alcohol *that* much BUT I LOVE a good glass of wine to unwind after a long day of work (nothing relaxes me more) and I REALLY love hanging out at some of Nashville’s amazing breweries.
With Spring in full swing and summer coming, all of my favorite breweries are releasing new seasonal beers and I want to drink ALL of them. To make up for it, I’ve taken to trying all of my favorite summer drinks in non alcoholic form :)
First up, this MOJITO! Raspberry Virgin Mojito to be exact. I wanted something to fancy this drink up since there’s no rum in it. A nice raspberry syrup sounded like it would do the trick!
Side note, I have THESE alcohol test strips on my baby registry because while I’m SO excited about breastfeeding, I also fully plan to jump back in to enjoying some of my favorite alcoholic beverages pretty soon after baby Britnell is born (maybe I have a six pack of my favorite spring seasonal beer set aside to go in my hospital bag. shhh).
This virgin mojito is basically a normal mojito minus the rum. That’s it. Nothing too revolutionary :)
I typically just muddle a little stevia or sugar into the mint but this time, decided to go with a simple syrup with some raspberries blended into the mix. Sugar (you can also use honey which I HIGHLY recommend!) and water are boiled together with a handful of raspberries. Once it’s thickened a little, it’s then blended together to break down the berries. You can strain the mixture to remove the seeds but I don’t mind them. [Read More…]