Lime-Mint Cooler (Non-Alcoholic Mojito)

Ready for a cool drink? Summertime does that. Crushed ice, some slices of lime, and a tasty beverage just beckon to us.

And while I am a huge, HUGE fan of Coke-Cola, it’s the high fructose corn syrup I’d like to do without. But, that means I can concoct all kinds of other tasty beverages to serve over crushed ice.

This Lime-Mint Cooler is one of them.

Fresh Mint, the weed that you can love

Mint is a weed in the sense that it will grow wherever you don’t want it to. If you plant your own, be sure to do it in a pot. But, it can still spread its seeds. It’s a wily plant, that one. Once it takes root it is almost impossible to get rid of.

This is good news if you love mint-flavored beverages.

Over the last few months we’ve received a fair amount of mint in our produce box. At first I didn’t know what to do with it. But the folks on Good Cheap Eats’ Facebook page suggested I make mint syrup, so I did that. Peppermint Syrup and Chocolate Mint Syrup were awesome in hot cocoa and coffee drinks this past winter.

Another friend suggested mojitos. I had never had one. In fact, until that suggestion, I’d never had many mixed drinks at all. A couple months ago I started researching recipes. It’s the national drink of Cuba, in case you were wondering.

Yum! That is one tasty drink! Not boozy at all, but light and refreshing, a perfect summer drink.

If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic version of the mojito, this lime-mint would be it. (And you’re free to switch out some of the water for rum if you want the real deal.)

Since I use evaporated sugar cane juice (aka organic sugar), my syrup is a little darker than it would be if I used conventional granulated sugar. If yours isn’t exactly the same color, that’s why.

Store your mint leaves wrapped in damp paper towels in a ziptop bag in the fridge. This bunch lasted for about a month this way. total surprise!

Then make a syrup to keep on hand to mix with lime juice and club soda. Add rum for a simple mojito. Serve either over crushed ice.

What’s your favorite cool summer drink?

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Comments

  1. i’ve stopped drinking soda so this looks amazing to me as a fun weekend drink option!

  2. Kristen says:

    Thanks so much for this recipe! My husband and I have been drinking this nearly every day with the HOT weather we’ve been having. I even bought a mint plant and pot!

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