It’s 5 o’ clock somewhere…

Holy 100 degrees, it is a scorcher out there! This is the kind of weather that makes you want to avoid going outside all together. Unfortunately, it’s inevitable, but I find that hot weather is just a little more bearable when I’m off work for the afternoon {thank you, unused vacation days, for needing to be used before the end of next week and giving me a few lazy days to spare!}

What a few weeks it has been! With my husband launching a new business, us both working full time jobs, and juggling family events, we’ve been pretty crunched for time, and the spare time we actually manage to get is spent on the following {just chime in if this sounds familiar…} 

  • Laundry
  • Cooking dinner
  • Cleaning the bedroom
  • Vacumming
  • Cleaning the kitchen
  • Catching some ZzZzZ

Yeah, those are the categories that I have been dividing my “free time” into lately. But do you know what makes not only hot weather bearable, but also a hectic schedule seem less hectic?

You got it. BOOZE! Lately, a certain drink in particular has been acting as my ten minute break, my pick me up, and my cool down: The Mojito. And since we’re all friends here, I thought I would share the recipe I use on the reg for my “on the go with hardly any time to spare” mojito. As you’ll see below, my mojitos bring everyone to the yard {including the dog and excluding my dad..who thinks mojitos shouldn’t have mint in them…WHAT?}

I’m going to get right into the recipe, because I’ve got Grateful Dead on Pandora, my Grateful Dead sweatshirt on {thank you Carsyn}, and I feel a nap coming on.

Here’s the ingredients you’ll need… {Flowers optional, but always a nice addition..}

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First things first — Grab a lime, and cut it in half!

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Next up, Throw a few springs of mint into a bowl {or the cup..or whatever you have on hand..}. Take half of your lime and using your handy dandy juice press {or your hands, if you’re stronger than me}, juice half of the lime on top of the mint. {You can get ALL OF THAT MINT at the farmers market for $2. TWO. DOLLARS!

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The next step is optional, but I like to add a few pieces of fruit into the mix {usually I use peaches, but the farmers marker didn’t have them out quite yet – so I used some strawberry instead, but you can use blackberries, blueberries, raspberries..I haven’t met a mojito I didn’t like.} Juice the rest of the lime on top of the fruit of your choice.

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Momma, can I please have one? NO – I don’t share my mojitos.

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Now muddle baby, muddle. Muddle like you mean it. Muddle until you are CERTAIN that there won’t be huge bits of fruit getting stuck in your straw. That would be a buzz kill {did you see what I did there?}

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Place your muddled fruit / mint / lime juice mixture into a cute glass with a few ice cubes {these Mint Julep glasses were about $1.88 each at Walmart. Walmart, you are my jam.

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Here comes the fun. Measure one oz. {or one shot glass} full of rum. Any rum will do. Dark rum, white rum, choose the rum of your choice {I will say, I’m partial to white rum in mojitos..}

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Okay – I mentioned earlier that this is my QUICK mojito recipe – so I cheat. instead of making my own simple syrup, I opted for the easier route – I bought simple syrup from Target. Measure one oz or one shot glass or the simple syrup and pour into your glass {I must confess, I just spelled “simple” with a “y” THREE TIMES while trying to type simple syrup. I dare you to try. It’s a keyboard twister.

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Fill the rest of the glass with Club Soda! Benefit, club soda is SO CHEAP. You can also get a sodium free brand as well, I believe, so thumbs up to that.

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Some might say that a cute pinwheel straw isn’t a requirement for a good quality mojito. Those people are not to be trusted. Shoutout to the Target Dollar Section for keeping my straw game on point.

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Garnish it up.

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AND ENJOY!

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