Virgin non-traditional Mojito

It’s Phuza Thursday again!

Virgin Mojito
Virgin Mojito

When I was student at University, I used to work as a cocktail bartender for events, concerts, parties. I worked at over 80 weddings, 15 concerts, countless end-of-year parties, birthday parties, launches etc. I met a lot of people famous and not.

People used to ask me, how I can study as a doctor by day, and pour alcohol down people’s throats by night. And I would tell them that’s not exactly what I do. My clients are the ones doing the drinking, not me and that’s their choice and I’m pretty sure anybody old enough to drink alcohol knows it’s health consequences. And I’ve got rent  to pay!

This job taught me a lot, hard work and discipline, people skills and how to make a mean Martini. But occasionally I’d have to make an non-alcoholic beverage.

I’m doing a non-alcoholic week to detox and to make sure I’m still not an alcoholic, so my Phuza Thursday this week is friendlier to my liver. But alcohol does not make the drink! Non-alcoholic drinks don’t have to be dull and boring. And the mint leaves on my roof top garden are blooming:).


Fresh Mint from my garden
Fresh Mint from my garden


Inspired by my mint, I’m drinking a Virgin non- traditional Mojito.

What do you need?

  • Ginger ale.   – Sparkling or soda water

  • Lime cordial.  – Lemon and lemon juice

  • Mint leaves( around 12).   – Castor sugar or sugar syrup( water with lots of sugar)



  • In a shaker, add mint leaves, 1 tbs of sugar and muddle, splash lime cordial to help this. When mint is nicely bruised, add; ice, 200ml ginger ale, 100ml sparkling water, 25 ml of lime cordial and 25 ml of lemon juice. Shake well and serve.

In a glass transfer the mixture, making sure you have enough mint leaves. Top with more ice and garnish with a slice of lemon and a straw.

And Enjoy
And Enjoy

And Enjoy

Author: preciousgarnett

I'm a multi-faceted young woman. I'm a proud mom to a now 8 year old 😜. I'm a daughter, I'm a sister and a friend to an amazing circle of powerful people ❤️ I'm a medical doctor, public health specialist currently in marketing I live food, from cooking to finding the best spots in town and in my travels for a good meal. Health, Fitness and Nutrition fanatic. I live by a few beliefs...: 1. Before I do anything whether related to food or not, I ask myself ' Is it worth the calories?' Whether literally or figuratively( i.e. Is the decision worth the stress, effort, investment) 2. What you put in must come out! If you don't let it out, it settles on your tummy and hips. 3. 'Everything happens for a reason'. I try reflect on situations I find myself in, whether by choice or not. And look for Lessons I'm meant to learn from them, in order to grow.

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