Make this delicious, refreshing strawberry mojito for yourself and your friends this summer! It’s the perfect, lightly sweetened (with stevia!) cocktail that will cool you down and keep you coming back for more. Quick and easy to make, this strawberry mojito adds fresh, ripe berries to the classic lime, mint, and club soda. Cheers, friend!
Fireworks and Reflections
Ah, 4th of July—filled friends and family, baked goods galore, and beautiful explosions well into the next morning. This time of year marks the midway point of summer for me, and I can hardly believe how quickly it’s flown by. With temps climbing into the high 90s and low 100s already, I suppose it’s time to embrace the summer sun in all it’s exhausting glory! As we enter the last half of this bright and humid season, I’m determined to slow down a little bit and remember to enjoy life more fully.
The last year has felt so incredibly busy and full, with both wonderful and extremely stressful times, and as one who naturally pulls towards work instead of leisure, I’ve felt consumed with my attempts to accomplish everything on my neverending to-do lists. For whatever reason, I kept telling myself that relaxing before “all the work is done” was simply unacceptable, leading, unsurprisingly, to pushing myself to exhaustion and burn-out.
Somewhere along the line, I forgot that pushing inexorably towards the finish line of life isn’t really the most fulfilling way to live, and I had to come to terms with the fact that “all the work” is never truly done. Certainly not as a musician or blogger; there’s always more to learn and try, more to create and skills to hone. While I’ll likely never be one simply to sit around day after day whiling away the hours scrolling online or playing video games, I am working to make a conscious effort to have meaningful, satisfying, fulfilling time in my life every day.
For me, this means doing work I find fulfilling and enjoy doing—like striving to learn more about blogging or creating new recipes or posts—but also spending quality time with the people I love. After all, relationships are such an integral part of my happiness, but I had been working 12-14 hours a day in an attempt to build a better life for me and Cory and not actually spending hardly any time with him (or our kittens!) or our family and friends. Sounds pretty backwards, right? I know, I know, but it’s a constant struggle for me—not to work constantly and to the detriment of all my relationships and my own sanity.
The rest of this summer, I’m determined to change all that. I want to reconnect with friends, spend more time with family, and actually have a few date nights with my hubby! I want to shake up my routine a little, build in time for little things (like reading or taking a walk outside) that make me happy and make time feel richer and keep me calmer and more even-tempered. It’s amazing the difference I feel when I take even just a couple 20-30 minute breaks during the day, or when I go out to lunch with Mom or a friend instead of doing the grocery shopping over my lunch break (or just working through it and eating at my desk). I suppose it’s about balance, right? Such is the goal.
Cocktail Lovin’ and Mojito Experiments!
Anyway, with the summer heat upon us and my desire to shake things up a bit, now is the perfect time to get back to making cocktails! While I no longer drink excessively, I definitely still enjoy a beer, glass of wine, or cocktail on occasion, and I love a crisp, refreshing mixed drink on these wickedly hot summer days. My favorite? A mojito!!
I freakin’ love mojitos, and yet, somehow, I hadn’t ever tried to make one at home. What?! Time to fix that! I started here, with this classic recipe, which I really like because it’s so simple and doesn’t use lemon lime sodas or require creating a simple syrup. While I do adore the classic mojito, I wanted something little different, so I added the strawberries. Also, I recognize that mojitos (really alcoholic drinks in general) aren’t exactly low calorie (yeah, I know, the healthiest option would be to stop drinking… but until we try for kids, that’s not happening. *Shrug* They’re delicious, and I eat well overall… I’m ok with that balance.) or light on sugar, so I thought I’d lighten it up a bit by swapping the sugar for stevia.
I know not everyone loves the taste of stevia, so feel free to keep the sugar or use raw honey to taste if you prefer; just make sure to add it after you’ve muddled everything together to determine how much sweetener you really need in your mojito. I personally don’t think it takes a whole lot when you’re using deliciously sweet, ripe strawberries! Also, if you stick with the stevia, this makes for a very keto-friendly, low carb cocktail! Just make sure you use club soda, not tonic water or lemon-lime sodas!
Classic Barware for the Best Mojito
If you don’t have a muddler but want to up your cocktail game a bit, you should definitely grab one. They’re a fantastic staple bar tool, and to get the mint leaves to release their oils, you really need it. A muddler also makes mashing up the strawberries quick and easy. Now, you will have the fruit and leaves floating in the mojito if you stir it up, but honestly, that just doesn’t bother me with mojitos-you generally have the mint and lime in there regardless. (I tried mixing the muddle mint, strawberries, and lime with the rum in a shaker, but the fruits absorbed the rum; it was messy and not nearly as effective.) You get more flavor from the berries and mint as the drink sits anyway, kind of balancing out the watering down that happens as the ice melts. You do want to drink this one fresh, though, as you’ll get bitter flavors from the lime if you leave it for several hours. Fresh, though, this refreshing strawberry mojito won’t disappoint!
Do you have a favorite summer cocktail? Or a favorite style of mojito? Let me know in the comments below, and remember to subscribe to Our Sweetly Spiced Life for DIY projects and delicious healthy recipes delivered straight to your inbox. Find us on Facebook or Pinterest, or email us too. I’m Joelle@Oursweetlyspicedlife.com, and I’d love to hear from you!