It’s Still Summer: Red Currant Mojito

Sweet and sour red currants add extra glamour and gorgeous color in this red currant mojito.

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Yes, the heat wave is continuing here in San Diego. Our normally balmy 73ºF weather has been replaced with 90ºF-sticky, yucky weather. It’s so bad, that I have been running my air conditioner since July. Gasp. Seriously, this is unheard of here in San Diego. Of course, the scorching weather didn’t stop my San Diego Chargers on Sunday. Did you see them stomp the Seahawks? And the temperature on the field was 120ºF! Now that’s smoking HOT!

I apologize for my absence on the blog. As I have forced convinced my parents to move to San Diego, I had to help them unpack and settle into their new home. My mother has been reminding that the move was tough, as they went from their 4100-square foot house in Texas to this 1900-square foot townhouse. She has reminded me of this over and over since she arrived. I stopped counting at around 15 reminders.

God bless my parents, but they never threw anything out in their life, besides food matter. I unpacked childhood memories all weekend. And not the good ones, either. I found my old bed sheets, my parents old towels. There’s my old pink frog soap holder and my bonnet from a thanksgiving party in elementary school. I found cheap costume jewelry I bought my mom when I was a kid. I give her credit. She wore it proudly, as if it were a diamond broach. I unpacked chipped dishes I grew up with, reflecting the brown, orange, gold colors of the early 80’s.

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My parents always entertained a lot. So it was no surprise that I unpacked 4 different stemware sets, each including martini glasses, red wine glasses, white wine glasses and small aperitif glasses.

“This set is for everyday drinking,” my mother explained.

I looked at the other sets and realized that there was the beautiful gold rimmed set for guests and parties, but the Waterford set was for whom? The pope?

To keep my parents from drowning in cardboard boxes and packing paper, I spent the entire weekend at their place frantically unpacking and organizing them with their new digs. Did I mention they have no air conditioning? Well, it’s San Diego. Many houses here do not have a/c. I think I lost 5-pounds in water weight from the sweat I produced.

Needless to say, my parents agreed to get a/c for their place.

So you see, it’s still summer over here in SoCal. I think it’s call the Indian Summer. Our September and Octobers are typically HOT, where everyone else in the US seems to be cooling off.

But, I promise I won’t complain. I have this Red Currant Mojito to cool off with.

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Bring on the rest of the boxes!

Well, maybe after the new a/c unit gets installed.

Red Currant Mojito

Fresh red currants add some extra zing to an already snazzy mojito! Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 8 large leaves of mint, fresh
  • 1/2 lime, sliced into wedges
  • 2 oz red currants, fresh
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 4 oz rum, white
  • 2 cup ice, (1 cup per glass)
  • 4 oz club soda, (2 oz each glass)


  1. In a cocktail shaker crush together:
    • 8 large leaves of mint, fresh
    • 1/2 lime , sliced into wedges
    • 2 oz red currants, fresh
    • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  2. Add:
    • 4 oz rum, white
  3. Shake well and divide evenly into two glasses filled with:
    • 2 cup ice , (1 cup per glass)
  4. Pour red currant mixture into the glass and top glasses with:
    • 4 oz club soda , (2 oz each glass)

Prep Time:

Yield: Serves 2

And check out my other fun mojito drinks:

The Sake Mojito

The Blueberry Mojito

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9 Responses to It’s Still Summer: Red Currant Mojito

  1. I hope your parents settle in okay, and the reminders slow down! 🙂

    I am moving myself this week and I will definitely be needing a mojito… or 3! And wow, the currants are so beautiful.

    • Thank you, Ahu. Things are starting to settle down with my folks, but it will take many more months before the boxes are all com unpacked! Good luck with your move!

  2. Adri at #

    Oh my, but I bet that was quite a move – emotional too, I imagine. To move the collection of a family’s lifetime is really something When we moved my mom we all found it wrenching. While we were all touched to see what she and my dad had saved – every little project from school. our teeth that had fallen out, clippings of our hair – just everything, we were touched, but also overwhelmed by the sheer volume of things. Yet we really felt loved. That Mom and Dad wanted to keep these mementos meant everything to us. I hope your parents are well settled in now. I think this drink sounds perfect, and I can certainly see how you might have a craving. We are remodeling our home, and we’ve been delving heavily in the world of spirits and mixed drinks! Cheers!

    • Moving is never easy and definitely never stress-free. Same thing with remodeling! Good luck!!

  3. Mojito is my fav cocktail. Last night, my hubby made one for me and I sucked it up!
    This red currant version of yours sounds so yummy.
    And your pics are gorgeous – I can’t stop looking at them!

  4. I love a mojito but what you’ve done to it is wonderful.

  5. Hi! Found your blog (so glad!) looking for a quince jam recipe. I am posting about my jam in a couple of days and linking back to your post. I just wanted to let you know and wrote here because I couldn’t find a comment section on the actual post.

    • I’m working on getting the comments back on my recipes. I hope you enjoy the jam. Quince jam is one of my family’s favorite jams!

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