This blueberry-lavender fauxjito is a refreshing twist on a classic mojito. Full of wholesome ingredients and takes only minutes to make.
It’s the middle of July and I am now beginning to see just how hot the midwest can get. Apparently, the mild temps of last summer, our first year in Oklahoma, was a fluke. My hopes for another easy, breezy summer are dashed each time I take a step outside and get slapped in the face with a thick blanket of hot moisture. I can take the near 100 degree temps, it’s the 80+ percent humidity that’s the kicker.
Humidity and thick, wavy hair do.not.get.along. I’ve come to accept that my hair must be tamed by braid, bun, or hat for the next few months. Oh well, at least it saves time getting ready.
Lately, with all the fresh herbs and berries in the store, I decided to make a non-alcoholic version of a mojito, using blueberries, lime, mint, and lavender. It’s such a deliciously refreshing and healthy drink, plus it’s one the whole family can enjoy!
Faux Mojito = Fauxjito!
The first thing you need to do is make a lavender simple syrup. You do this by simmering equal parts of sugar (I used honey) and water, plus some culinary grade lavender. After the mixture becomes syrupy, I also muddle it a bit to get more flavor from the buds, strain the lavender and let cool before adding it to the drinks. This recipe makes enough syrup to sweeten 3-4 drinks. You can also store leftovers in the fridge for up to two weeks if you’re not planning to use it all at once.
This drink is fairly simple to make and is full of wholesome ingredients. It’s also refreshing, pretty, and so yummy! It just has all good things going for it, so there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t make this right now!