Jun 01 2012
Last weekend at my brother-in-law’s graduation party, I had several people ask me if I missed drinking alcohol. Now, I’m not a lush but I am the kinda girl who will happily drink a signature cocktail at a party, relax by the water or out on the deck with a beer, and thoroughly enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or when out with the girls. We made it though the we’re-not-telling-anyone-yet phase of early pregnancy with a little beer bottle switcheroo trickery between me and Greg but now that I have to turn down drinks at every single event we attend, I think people are starting to feel sorry for me. Or at least wonder what it’s like to abstain from all alcohol for at least a year.
It really hasn’t been hard (I’ve got pretty good motivation, after all) but I do miss the refreshing beers and cocktails that are so prevalent at summer events. I was explaining this at the party when my mother-in-law exclaimed “Oh! I’ll make you a virgin mojito!” and she had a freshly muddled, icy mocktail in my hand in under a minute. After months of virtually nothing but ice water (and a delicious little detour of fresh lemonade) it was so lovely to have something festive, yet guilt-free, to sip.
So, come Memorial Day, I was fully prepared to continue the mocktail treat. I loaded up on local strawberries and mint, picked up a bag of fresh limes and made my own pitcher of Strawberry “Nojitos” as Greg’s cousin called the non-alcoholic version. I can’t think of anything more refreshing than ending a hot, busy day with a tall glass of tart, minty, fruity, bubbly, ice-cold deliciousness that, perhaps for once, was 100% about the flavor and feeling of the drink and not about the alcohol content. No need to think about pacing myself or alternating drinks with water–just pure enjoyment of that unique combination of flavors.
Of course, Greg is drinking for two these days so a splash of Bacardi in his glass before pouring the Strawberry Nojito turned my mocktail into his cocktail and would be easy for anyone to adapt this as a signature drink for a mixed party of drinkers and non-drinkers.