It’s Phuza Thursday again!
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:).
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.