Somehow, summer always knows it is supposed to arrive after Memorial Weekend. Here we are, the weekend after Memorial and the once the cool, rainy days have turned to steamy and dry! Oh ya baby, bring on the summer!
This years kick-off to summer started with a 4-wheeling trip to Hurley, Wisconsin with two of the Goldies and their counterparts. We had a great time filled with laughter, cocktails, 4-wheeling, and of course lots of iron ore! While the days leading up to our trip were cool and rainy, in true Goldie fashion the weather cleared just long enough for us to enjoy our outdoor adventure. If you like 4-wheeling Wisconsin is super 4-wheeler friendly; they have miles of trails set up and welcome the vehicles in most any small town.
To make a long story short, we had a FANTASTIC time and hope to do the same thing again next year.
The weekend following our kick-off was a laid-back one. I spent the weekend doing chores around the house and just plain enjoying the hot, hot, hot days! The weather inspired evening outdoor cocktails. I REALLY wanted a Mojito but I didn’t have any mint; so what did I do? I got creative of course! I remembered that I had some frozen organic strawberries from my local food co-op and some potted fresh basil. The two quickly came together in harmony in my new summer favorite: Strawberry and Basil Mojito!
2 oz White Rum
3-4 Basil Leaves
2-3 frozen Strawberries (they wouldn’t need to be frozen)
Lime LaCroix Water
Stevia or other sweetener of choice (optional)
In a short glass muddle the basil. Add the ice, strawberries and Rum and then fill the remainder with LaCroix. I like a bit of sweetness so I add stevia. Some people don’t like stevia so feel free to add whatever sweetener your heart desires.