Classic Mojito — Paleo?

When I first began eating Paleo (over 2 years ago) I never did care much for drinking — alcohol.  I still don’t care much for it.  Trust me, I’ve had my fair share, but I’ve been passed that time in life for a while.  Even the occasional drink with friends that most folks do on the weekends — I don’t do.  Honestly, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it.  I think I’ve just been disciplined enough (health-wise) that if I’m going to “give” a little it’s going to be with food — cheesecake! — not drinking.  Just a preference.  However, the other night Jason and I were enjoying the breeze and scenery of our new patio and somehow a little drink to relax  just felt right.

 

We wanted to have a drink that was super simple and refreshing, and not filled with a bunch of sugar from a mix or worse, some sort of hidden gluten.  Jason suggested a mojito — and who doesn’t already have limes and mint on hand in summer!?  We’ve been in love with mint on/in everything lately, by the way.

 

The Low-Down on Mint

 

Here’s the low-down on mint — it is often used to help stomach issues — from IBS to the simple stomach ache.  Mint helps relieve pain from headaches, and is often recommended to those that suffer from migraines.  If you eat it regularly it can help slow the growth of bad bacteria in your body — keeping you clear of infections.  The smell alone is why I choose to keep it around my kitchen — often used in aromatherapy — some medical professionals believe the smell of mint helps calm a busy mind.  Woo hoo!  Go mint!

Just some fun facts for ya — now on to the drink!

Classic mojitos typically call for rum, but you could use any clear liquor I suppose.  We used gin in our mojitos because we happen to have a 4 year old bottle of it in our freezer…I’m tellin’ you, we don’t drink!

Don’t forget you can definitely make this drink virgin.  It will taste JUST AS GOOD.  I promise.  We made this same version the next day without the alcohol and it was just as relaxing and satisfying.  If you’re being super strict with your diet right now leave the liquor out.

And before I get too much grief, yes I know cavemen and cavewomen did not drink alcohol.  Buzz off if you’re going to comment about that.

Here’s how to assemble two mojitos, because I hope you’re doing this with a friend.  If not, make it a single.

 

Ingredients & Process

  1. In each glass, add a shot of gin.
  2. To each glass add the juice of 1/2 a lime — you’ll use 1 whole lime for two people.
  3. Take 4-5 mint leaves, cut them in half lengthwise and rub them for a few seconds between the palms of your hands.  Distribute the pieces evenly.
  4. Fill each glass with ice cubes.
  5. Top off each glass with a generous splash of club soda — swirl and stir with a stick while you pour.  In our case it’s the end of a chopstick 🙂
  6. If you want Jason’s version add a small (maybe 1/2 tbs.) of 100% pure cranberry juice.  Not the from concentrate bull-jive.  The real deal is always best.

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Feeling relaxed yet?  Hope so!

By the way, this is the reason I’ve been so quiet.

 

primal cravings

I have not been inventing much in the kitchen — not with this bad boy around.  The folks at Health-Bent are fantastic.  I’ll try and write a review of their new cookbook “Primal Cravings” soon.

Until next time!

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2 Responses to “Classic Mojito — Paleo?”

  1. […] 23. Classic Paleo Mojito This pretty mojito uses a shot each of gin, lime juice, mint leaves, ice, and a splash of club soda. For a fun twist, add a bit of 100%, unsweetened cranberry juice as well (or another tart juice). You’ll get an extra burst of flavor fro the juice, and a beautiful sunset color. […]

  2. […] 23. Classic Paleo Mojito This pretty mojito uses a shot each of gin, lime juice, mint leaves, ice, and a splash of club soda. For a fun twist, add a bit of 100%, unsweetened cranberry juice as well (or another tart juice). You’ll get an extra burst of flavor fro the juice, and a beautiful sunset color. […]

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