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Iced Tea Mojitos

After an exhausting weekend filled with nursery painting, basement renovations and yard work, all I really wanted was a mojito. Or a cold beer. *sigh* Oh, the woes of pregnancy.

Thankfully I was introduced to iced tea mojitos, or faux-jitos if you will, while on vacation in Florida a few months ago and have been recreating them ever since. At first I was a little suspect of the flavor combo but it’s a solid substitute for the real thing and a refreshing alternative to the ultra sweet, non-alcoholic cocktail options that you’re usually offered if you’re pregnant or don’t drink. I plan on keeping them in my summer beverage lineup long after the baby arrives!
iced tea mojito

Non-Alcoholic Iced Tea Mojito
handful fresh mint leaves
1 lime, sliced into 4 quarters
1 Tbsp lime juice (or juice from 1/4 of a lime)
3 tsp sugar
5-6 ice cubes
5 oz unsweetened iced tea
2 oz seltzer water

Add mint leaves, sugar and lime juice to a pint glass. Use a muddler to muddle the ingredients together until mint leaves are mashed and sugar dissolves. Add ice cubes. Pour iced tea over iced cubes. Squeeze in juice from two more lime quarters and toss quarters into the glass. Add seltzer. Mix well with a stir stick or spoon. Garnish with extra mint leaves and remaining lime quarter.

NOTE: You could make them alcoholic by substituting 2 oz of white rum for 1 oz of seltzer and 1 oz of iced tea.

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New Year’s Eve Cocktails – Part III

When it comes time for New Year’s Eve, I always feel, the less fuss the better. Making a big bowl of punch is an easy way to quench the thirsts of a big crowd. This following recipe should come with a warning, it is delicious and goes down easy. Very easy. But be careful! It will catch up to you…

If you’re looking for a crowd pleaser, try: Champagne (packs a) Punch

Ingredients:
1 C. Triple Sec
1 C. Brandy
1/2 C. Chambord
2 C. Unsweetened Pineapple Juice
1 qt. Ginger Ale
2 Chilled Bottles Dry Champagne

In bowl, combine Triple Sec, Chambord, Brandy and pineapple juice. Chill covered 4 hours or overnight.

In a large punch bowl, combine cooled mixture, champagne, ginger ale and ice cubes.

Serves 10-25 people (depending on how much is poured!)

A great way to spice up a punch bowl is to add an ice ring with some color. Pour some fresh cranberries into a round Jell-O mold. Add water and freeze overnight and you have instant decor to your bowl!

If you are pregnant, try: Blood Orange Sparkling Juice

This year, I have to go for a slightly less potent drink. For those of you out there who are in my situation, or prefer a non-alcoholic beverage, try Gavioli’s Blood Orange Sparkling Juice. It will give you your bubbly fix and something to sip on for the evening.

Please remember, if you are going to partake in any of these delicious beverages this New Year’s Eve, have a designated driver.

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy New Year!

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