As I mentioned in my hot toddy post, I’m not much of a drinker these days. Maybe I’ve developed a mild allergy to alcohol over the years, because most of time it gives me a headache that ranges from mild to severe. It’s a shame, because I’ve always loved good wine and beer. And, you know, drinking is fun… but in the end I’ve found it’s not worth the pain. I usually stick with cocktails when I do hit the booze because I’ve had the best luck staying headache-free with hard liquor. The mojito is my absolute favorite cocktail, so why should I be limited to enjoying them on rare occasions?
I’ve adapted a healthy recipe from Canyon Ranch, which they refer to as an “Almosjito Limeade.” The recipe contains several juices that I prefer not to keep around, so I’ve swapped them all out for the fresh squeezed variety. I usually have red-seedless grapes on hand and since the original recipe calls for 1/4 cups white grape juice, I juiced grapes into a measuring cup with a garlic press over a fine mesh strainer. Voila, fresh grape juice!
The results are so delicious. I can drink this everyday without the least bit of guilt or pain! And if you want to turn it into a regular mojito, simply add a shot of rum.
Yields 1 serving
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup fresh grape juice
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 1/4 cup sparkling water
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 6 fresh mint sprigs
- Juice fresh grapes, orange and lime.
- Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
- Garnish with lime wedge.
Adapted from Canyon Ranch