When I think of refreshing drinks, citrus flavours are the first that pop into my mind. There’s just something about citrus that makes your tastebuds and body feeling energized and refreshed. Perhaps it’s the shot of vitamin c in each serving.
Here in the Yucatan Peninsula, the summer heat is already in full swing. Though I mostly choose to drink plain water occasionally I need to change up the way I quench my thirst. Maybe it was the scorching heat but I suddenly had a big thirst for an ice cold mojito cocktail.
But I had a problem…No rum. Sadly.
So that’s where this wanna-be mojito drink was born.
The traditional mojito recipe consists of white rum, lime juice, soda water, brown sugar, fresh mint leaves and lots of ice cubes, of course. My recipe includes almost everything but the rum and soda water. But don’t worry this may be more limeade than mojito but it still tastes super delicious and best of all it’s refreshing and thirst quenching. This makes it a perfect drink to beat the heat all summer long.
Table of Contents
Mojito Style Limeade
- 3/4 cups of freshly squeezed key lime juice it was 11 limes for me
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar or add more for sweeter limeade
- 1 cup loosely packed measured fresh mint leaves
- lots of ice cubes
- 7 cups of ice-cold water adjust to taste or pitcher size
- Slice the limes in half and juice them, then set juice aside. Place the mint leaves in a large pitcher and use a wooden spoon to smash and break up the leaves (this is to release their flavor). Next, add the sugar and mix well before pouring in the lime juice and stirring until well combined and so that the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar has dissolved add the ice cubes and stir as best as possible. Lastly, pour in ice-cold water to fill the pitcher and stir until well combined.
- Serve in cups with plenty of additional ice cubes. For a fun twist, you can coat the glass rim with brown sugar and serve with slices of limes, if desired. It’s best to serve this limeade right away as the mint leaves begin to brown a bit. Also, though allowing the limeade to sit longer helps develop the flavors it will turn a darker color. Enjoy!
I really hope you make this lighter, non-alcoholic drink that the whole family can enjoy. Hey, maybe it’ll become your favourite summer drink!
Thanks for stopping by amigos. I know I’ve been MIA lately, lots of personal issues going on but I do have lots of recipes in my drafts folder that I hope to share with you in the coming weeks.
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Nancy Lopez is a food blogger and author of the cookbook Mexican Tamales Made Meatless. Born in Mexico, raised in the US, and currently living in Southern Mexico, she has followed a meatless diet for almost 10 years. It is her passion and mission to share all she has learned about vegan Mexican cooking and vegetarian Mexican recipes. Mexican Made Meatless is a blog dedicated to preserving the authentic flavors of Mexican cuisine just without the meat. It’s a place to celebrate Mexican culture and all it’s delightfully delicious traditional foods. Read more…