Friday, May 4, 2012

Cinco de Drinko

So here's the deal, I don't drink. (Maybe you thought the title of this post must have been chosen whilst drunk, but there you would be wrong -- I'm just my father's daughter, and this is the sort of thing that makes me giggle uncontrollably.)

But even those of us who don't drink alcohol need a way to cool down -- be it from some spicy eats or just because the day is hot hot hot! (Oh baby hot hot hot!)

So, obviously the mocktail is where it's at for me and mine. If, like me, you choose not to imbibe, here are a couple of lime-y mocktails for Cinco de Mayo, or any other south-of-the-border-style fiesta.

Fresh Limes

A drink "coined" by my mother, who would make this for us in Utah's sweltering summer heat. I can't express in words how refreshing it is!

grapefruit soda (Fresca, preferred)
drinking straw

It does not get more simple, really, but you will not believe how the lime transforms the grapefruit soda.  Fill your glass with ice and pour in your grapefruit soda. To each glass, add the juice of half a lime. Toss the lime rind right in the glass, and stir it up with your straw. Enjoy!

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Cucumber Lime Mint Spritzer

My mom would make this for our annual family Dutch Oven "cookoff" near the end of July. I kept asking her for the recipe for her "cucumber mint drink", and she kept telling me that there was no mint in it. Well, there is now, because it needed mint. I gather this is rather like a Mojito, only more cucumbery and 100% less alcoholic.

1 can limeade concentrate
1, 2 liter bottle lemon-lime soda
2 limes, sliced
1 cucumber, sliced
several sprigs fresh mint
lots of ice

In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine limeade concentrate, soda, and ice. toss in your slices of lime and cucumber, along with your sprigs of mint, and stir. Serve with additional lime slices for garnish.

Happy Cinco de Mayo, amigos!

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