Summer is in full swing and we have to say it's hard to beat patio nights with a cold drink in hand.
The older we get the more we've made a conscious effort to leave sugary drinks behind.
Long gone are the days of ordering a tequila sunrise or cosmopolitan. Although we do have fond memories associated with these cocktails, many that involved late nights, dancing until our legs hurt and too many laughs to count, in recent years we started embracing vodka sodas. Vodka and soda water, with a little fresh fruit, is a healthier cocktail option that still tastes great but has less sugar and calories than the drinks of our college days.
We promise you can sacrifice the sugar without sacrificing an ounce of fun. We hope you enjoy this twist on a mojito and cheers to soaking in all the sun, fun and good times summer has to offer!
I can't remember when it was but one night out when I was ordering my typical vodka soda I noticed Deep Eddy's Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka, on a whim I gave it a try and never looked back. It's my go-to drink and at every bar I go to I'll ask if they have it. After recently moving to Michigan I found it at a bar in Detroit and then at Meijer. To say I'm thrilled is an understatement. Since I love it so much I had to share a mojito modification I whipped up that involves my favorite vodka. It's also very affordable. I bought this bottle for eighteen dollars. If you haven't tried it yet you have to, stat!
- One shot (1.5 oz.) of Deep Eddy's Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka
- One shot (1.5 oz.) of white grape juice (optional)
- One half of lime
- Four - six mint leaves
- Soda water
Serving Size: One drink
1. Muddle mint leaves and lime. A muddle releases the flavor of the mint leaves so don't skip this step. Don't own a muddle? It's ok, lay the mint leaves on a cutting board and crush with a glass or spoon. Add to the bottom of your drink glass.
2. Fill your glass with ice. I used a 16oz. Mason Jar but a pint glass will work just fine too.
3. Add in your one shot of vodka and one shot of white grape juice. A lot of recipes call for simple sugar which is just a sugar and water combo. I prefer the natural sugar that comes from white grape juice. It's a neutral mixer and pairs well with just about anything. If you don't feel the need to sweeten your drink up you can definitely leave the juice out but I like it better with a splash of white grape juice.
4. Top with soda water. I used plain soda water but you could also get wild and add a flavored soda water too. ENJOY!
This drink is sure to be a hit at any summer BBQ and good to keep in mind with the 4th of July holiday coming up. We hope cocktails, longer days, and beautiful sunsets with the ones you love have you enjoying summer and soaking it all in. Cheers!
Thank you to Daniel for these photos!