Pink Grapefruit Mojito Mocktail

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Before you get too excited, this is a recipe for a virgin cocktail–a mocktail, if you will. Hey, I love booze as much as the next person, and that is what get’s me in trouble. Not in the literal sense, at least not any more. I’d like to think that I’ve matured at bit. (Except for that time at Cyclocross Worlds. That was epic!) No, what I mean by ‘getting into trouble’ is that I have a hydration problem.

I don’t know what it is, but I just do not like drinking water. It’s something I have to consciously do every day and it always seems that I’m in a deficit. I drink two cups of coffee in the morning, and then, throughout the day, I’m lucky if I get 40 oz of pure water in my system before my evening workout. On the bike, I’m pretty good about drinking, but most of the time I return home with water still in the bottle (unless it’s stupid hot out and I was riding for three hours and only had two bottles with me).

I’m working on it. Really!

So yeah, if I’m already in the red when it comes to hydration and then it’s Friday night and I want an adult beverage, I can set myself up for a less than stellar workout the next day. (I am still amazed at the guy who shows up to the group ride on Saturday morning and states, “I was out drinking four hours ago”–and then proceeds to CRUSH us all.)

Enter the mocktail! Ta-da!

Takes a little more time to make than pouring water straight from the tap, but oh my goodness if I didn’t pound all three of these bad boys post photo shoot! They are amazing! So incredibly refreshing and full of whole fruit.

But maybe you don’t like grapefruit, or you end up loving these so much that you make them all the time and you get burned out and you want to try something new. Not to worry friends! Here’s a link to 37 more mocktails that are sure to keep you hydrated and on the wagon.

 

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Pink Grapefruit Mojitio Mocktail

Serves two

Adapted from HGTV.com by Wes Martin

Gather:
1 Ruby Red grapefruit
1 T. agave nectar
10-12 fresh mint leaves, roughly torn
1/2 cup grapefruit flavored mineral water 

Method:

Remove the rind from the grapefruit with knife. Remove the sections from the membranes so that you have nice pieces of juicy fruit with no pith or skin. (Tip: Do this over a bowl to collect the juice.)

In a cocktail shaker, combine 6-7 grapefruit sections, the mint leaves, and agave syrup. Muddle them together, releasing the juice from the fruit and the oils from the mint. Add a couple of tablespoons of the reserved juice and ice. With the lid firmly on the shaker, shake to combine all ingredients. Remove lid and add the mineral water. Stir. Pour into glasses (adding more ice if desired) and serve.