What are you up to this penultimate weekend of summer? Sorry. It’s just… I love that word. Seriously, what have you got planned? We are going to take Owen swimming at a local lake, and on Sunday night we got a babysitter and Alex and I are going to try out this new craft beer bar, plus a restaurant I’m reviewing soon for The Journal News. I’m also dying to watch the first episode of the new HBO series Show Me a Hero. Have you seen it? Is it good?
Before we talk about this white wine mojito, let’s talk about all the stuff I found on the Internet this week.
My friend Sarah recommended this episode of This American Life. If you haven’t listened to it yet, do so immediately. It brought tears to my eyes. So incredibly moving and important.
“How did a real campaign emerge from a proposition so ludicrous that an episode of ‘The Simpsons’ once used a Trump Presidency as the conceit for a dystopian future?” The New Yorker on Donald Trump’s run for the White House.
Who will be the next publisher of the New York Times? A fascinating read about a family legacy.
Can Hilary Clinton Win Over the Left? I admit I haven’t finished this article yet, but it’s important, and I’m going to. You should, too.
Lest you think I’m all about politics this week: the best newborn photo shoot ever.
How to find an MFF (that’s Mom Friend Forever).
Do you have math anxiety? YES I DO.
So about this mojito. Let’s be honest. It’s sort of a fancy-pants white wine spritzer. Which I have recently embraced wholeheartedly, despite the fact that it is utterly and completely uncool–the drink of 80s moms and retro wedding guests. The thing is, they are so light and refreshing! Until I became a mom, I never appreciated the beauty of a low-alcohol cocktail. But these days, Owen is staying up until the ungodly hour of 9PM (side note: people, how do we fix this? What time do your toddlers turn in?), and something heavy or super boozy just isn’t practical or appealing.
I found this recipe in the New York Times a couple of years ago, and it’s become one of my summer favorites. I used sauvingnon blac, but any unoaked white wine will work. I thought about playing around a bit more and adding blueberries or cucumber, but in the end I decided to just go with the classic. Feel free to experiment! I think a splash of grapefruit juice would be especially nice.
White Wine Mojito
This light, refreshing low-alcohol cocktail is perfect when you want something not too boozy. I used sauvignon blanc, but any unoaked white wine will work.
- 2 lime wedges
- 6 fresh mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon agave
- 1/2 cup chilled white wine
- 1/4 cup chilled club soda
Combine the lime, mint, and agave in a glass and muddle gently with a spoon. Add the wine, club soda, and ice and stir.