Here is my plan for the Summer – me, comfortable chair, kiddie pool, feet dangling, kids content, green grass, flourishing garden, sitting, big pregnant belly and an endless pitcher of this mint, basil, cucumber and lime fizz.

So basically what we have here is a variation of a virgin mojito – if you aren’t growing a child in your womb currently then please add a splash of rum – it really does make it all the more delicious. But even without it, this little mock-tail has the power to wash away the Summer heat in one refreshing gulp. Fellow Seattleites – I know what you are thinking. What Summer heat?! It’s been rainy non-stop. Well, this pregnant lady is one giant furnace and I’ve started the Summer cool-down ritual already. Don’t ask me what I’m going to do with the temperatures actually get above 65*.


Really I couldn’t be more thrilled for Summer time. My boys are at such fun ages to just spend hours playing outside digging, splashing and examining our little garden. We have trips to the beach planned, incredible classes to teach, strawberries to nibble on right off the vine and at the end of all of that we will welcome our sweet baby girl into our joyous family. It’s the first time in my life where I am so excited to see Summer fly by – each day that passes is one more day closer to meeting my baby.

In the meantime I will anticipate her arrival and cool down with this fizzy beverage.


Mint, Basil, Cucumber & Lime Fizz

serves 1 very hot and thirsty pregnant lady

2 large basil leaves

4 mint leaves

3 small slices of cucumber

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1/2 – 1 tablespoon simple syrup (recipe below)

Muddle all these ingredients in a large glass. Really smash up the cucumber and herbs to release their fragrance. Fill with soda water. Taste and adjust to your liking. Garnish with lime wedge and more cucumber.


Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

Combine ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Turn off the heat once all the sugar has dissolved. Cool.


30 Responses to “Mint, basil, cucumber & lime fizz”

  1. Sara

    beautiful photos. I like the picture you painted. I can imagine your cute mama belly sitting in the garden with the boys running around… it’s going to be a great summer!

  2. Shoshana

    This sounds like just the thing to get me through a hot summer of outdoor playing. And my suggestion for how to beat the heat once the temperature rises? Snow cones made with homemade syrups. I craved snow cones almost every day the summer I was pregnant and nothing cools you down quite as much.

    • Ashley Rodriguez

      Shoshana – We love snow cones in the summer time. Last year I picked up an ice shaver and we made many of delightful snow cone treats. This recipe would be great as a snow cone!!

  3. Betsy

    How interesting, with the addition of cucumber and basil! I’ll have to try that. I’ve also been enjoying virgin mojitos, because I’m due in September too. They’re delicious and I agree that we all need good ways like these to cool down this summer!

  4. eleni

    Refreshing… basil and cucumber go so well together and the rest of the ingredients just complete it… here is hot and I wish to have one!!

  5. Amy Baron

    Are you going to post a picture of that quilt you made. I am sooo excited to see it.

  6. Pam @ Cookware guide

    This looks yummy, I have never tried it with cucumber in it, so far. I like your summer plan, count me in. I will join you with my kiddos and headphone, sipping my virgin mojitos!

  7. kristen

    This looks like what I need right now! Oh man, just the photos are making my mouth jealous.

  8. Justin Orde

    I love virgin cocktails – the mojito is regularly requested at the events we cater. I often put a little ginger beer into the mix to spice it up but I think the cooling botanical flavour of cucumber would melt the hearts of the designated drivers aka the wives! Keep these coming – So useful, best wishes and congratulations on your pregnancy!

  9. Valerie

    This looks gorgeous and sounds delicious – perfect for summer. I’ll have mine with rum and I’ll have double for you! Congrats, Mommy-to-be!

  10. vani

    it luks so refreshing
    i nvr thought dat i use cucumber in my drink bt smdis 1 definately rockz

  11. Shannon

    As a non-drinker, I’m always looking for great “mocktail” ideas when I’m entertaining. This was delicious…perfect for a summer evening dinner party!


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