Pineapple-Orange Mojitos - just as refreshing as the original, with a sweet and tangy twist!
Almost exactly four years ago, my brother got married to his lovely wife, Megan......in Mexico! And despite the fact that I had a 9 month old and was still nursing at the time, I left Jorden and the girls at home and headed to Mexico on my own. I wouldn't have missed it! And I'm sure it comes as no surprise to you that I had an amazing time....or that coming home was bittersweet....or that I'd go back in a heartbeat (with Jorden this time....of course)....
...But what might come as a surprise to you was how hard my brother's wedding actually was for me! I didn't expect it and I can't even really explain it, but I was overcome with emotion the night he said, "I do." Growing up, he and I were just two years apart, the youngest two of four. For much of our lives, we shared a bedroom, and we were the last two at home after my sisters both left for college. We had a lot of shared experiences - just the two of us - and for some reason, I always felt a special bond with him.
Don't get me wrong - the wedding was beautiful and I couldn't have been happier for my brother and Megan, but that night on the beach in Mexico, it felt like I was losing something. And the truth is, I was! But. I was also gaining....a sister-in-law, a new understanding of my brother, an opportunity for a new relationship with the two of them.
And.....a new love for mojitos! It makes sense that I would enjoy mojitos, being the fresh herb lover that I am, but I had no idea just how much I would come to enjoy them! Kinda like I had no idea how much I would come to enjoy and appreciate the new version of my brother - which is actually a lot like the old version, but married. Go figure!
So, in honor of their anniversary, I thought I'd make my favorite drink from their wedding - with a twist! An improved version, of course....because things don't always have to stay the same to be just as good, or even better, than they were.
2 oz. light rum
1/4 c. pineapple juice
1 orange wedge, peeled
4 large mint leaves, torn
1 Tbsp. simple syrup
1. Cut orange wedge into thirds; place in a glass with torn mint leaves and muddle to release flavors.
2. Add ice, simple syrup, rum, and pineapple juice. Stir to combine.
3. Top with club soda.