OOTD :: of Mondays and mojitos

3.3.14

3.3.14

3.3.14

I don’t remember when I was first introduced to mojitos, but I do remember when it officially became my favorite libation.

Las Vegas. Treasure Island. Before they became cool and hip and rebranded as “TI”. The hubs, his best friend, the wife and I all convened for a weekend of gambling (the boys) and shopping (the girls). While we ladies waited for our respective spouses to finish off table games and slots, we discovered an in-house restaurant/bar that served The. Best. Mojitos. The simple sugar syrup was just sweet enough to mask the potency of the alcohol and the mint was muddled just enough to release flavor and be easily imbibed.

I had boatloads of the stuff.

Sadly, the restaurant is no longer there, but my love for mojitos remains. Today, as I join in on Anne’s Dress Like a Libation week, I present to you both an outfit and a recipe worthy of my obsession. And because the drink itself is elegant in its simplicity, the only “garnish” I opted for with my ensemble is a pair of handmade (by me!) drop earrings and my signature circle necklace.

Salud, mi amigas!

The Mojito

(from The Food Network)
Ingredients
12 fresh spearmint leaves
1/2 lime
2 tablespoons simple syrup (equal amounts sugar and water heated until sugar dissolves, cooled) or 4 teaspoons sugar
Ice
1 1/2 ounces light rum (recommended: Bacardi)
Club soda
Lime wedge and mint sprig, for garnish

Directions
In a tall glass, muddle or mash together the mint leaves and lime. Add the simple syrup or sugar and fill the glass with ice. Add the rum and top with club soda, stir well. Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint. [This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant.]

EDIT: Okay, that was all fine and dandy. Now do you wanna see the winterized version? Because of course we’re still in the midst of our “storm” today and there was no way I was gonna freeze my tuckus off in the original iteration.

3.3.14

3.3.14

Winter mojitos? Is that even possible? Oh, yes! Yes it is, my friends!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – Maggy London @ eBay
Shoes – Charlotte Russe/Boots – Ross
Cardi – F21 /Jacket – F21

:: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ Spy Girl

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23 thoughts on “OOTD :: of Mondays and mojitos

  1. I’m liking both versions! The Dark Mojito is very badass. Maybe it’s made with an extra shot of dark rum?
    I love virgin mojitos, not being much into alcohol. They serve a particularly delicious version at Border Grill (in Santa Monica). Hmmm time for a return visit — haven’t been there in eons!

    Thanks for linking up! ¡Salud!

    • I knew my “salud” looked naked! This is what happens when you take French for four years in high school instead of Spanish.

      Ooooh! Maybe that’s where we can meet up when we finally do! I’d drive to Santa Monica for killer mojitos!

  2. I’ve never felt the lure of alcohol but your outfit certainly illustrates the crisp and refreshing nature of that particular drink – you look very fresh and peppy 🙂

  3. I love how you’ve gone from being all bad-ass last week to being all sweet and sugary today! But I can say that because rum is made with sugar, so you’re like sweetness with a little kick!

    Really, that outfit is so pretty – at least the warm weather one is. Do you take alternative shoes to work so you can change into them?

    • I actually travel with a pair of portable ballet slippers in my purse at all times. Also, I have “house slippers” – big, pink, fuzzy ones – in my classroom that I slip into by the end of the day during my prep period. My 40+ feet aren’t what they used to be and cry “Uncle!” by the end of the day if I’m wearing anything above 2 inches.

      That said, the second outfit today was created over the weekend when I realized the weather was turning. The first outfit was created/photographed the week before. Serves me right for being such an over-achiever and doing all my outfits weeks in advance. There is something to be said about procrastinating, eh?

      • Ha, that’s like me in my green ensemble this week that I photographed when it was cooler out. Our weather has been so wacky — us pre-planners are getting busted!

    • Wait a second…I just caught that. Are you saying the second outfit isn’t pretty?! /pouts My faux fur jacket feels much maligned. ;p

  4. You did such a great interpretation of the mojitos, the dress is lovely and you look beautiful.
    But my dear Maricel, my main goal for being here now is to thank you the lovely and kind comment you left on my blog!!!! Thank you so much for your support, I truly appreciate it!!!!
    Big hug and love your way.
    xoxo

    • Ah, Seeker! Always good to have you stop by. And I meant every word I said: it’s bloggers like you that continue to inspire and encourage me. Please don’t ever doubt yourself.

  5. Your winterized version cracked me up. The entire time I was reading, I kept thinking…I love this outfit, but it was so gloomy and cold this morning. I’m surprised she stuck to it. I may not share your love for mojitos, but this is a great interpretation of the drink and the outfit looks great on you.

    • Hey, BFF! You’re back! Welcome, welcome! I guess you got your feed working properly? You go with your digital immigrant self! 😀

    • Am thinking only if the pastels are “icy” and sharp. I can’t do soft pastels (is that redundant?) – they make me look washed out, I think. But thanks for the compliment. I raise a mojito to you, my friend.

      • I think I know what you mean. The bright white cardigan probably helps too. I’m looking forward to seeing what other drinks you do. I couldn’t even wrap my head around the idea of dressing like a drink – but this makes sense to me!

    • My daughter does too. In fact, I’m not allowed – on pain of death or of severe sulking at the very least – to get rid of it until she’s old enough and tall enough to wear it at least once.

    • I’ve become more of a downtown/Golden Nugget gal myself. The older I get, the less I revel in the fast pace and meat market atmosphere of the Strip.

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