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After more than one year of understaffed chaos, I’m finally getting a new co-worker.  My team has been down a man since April 2011 and all of us were getting burnt out.  Break out the aloe vera kiddies because relief is on the way!

And since it is way too hot in Cayman to consider cooking, how about a celebratory cocktail?

Cayman Mojito by Edgar Perez from What’s Hot Magazine
You will need:
2 oz Grey Goose L’Orange
2 tsp Sugar
Juice from 1 lime
Splash of soda water
Dash of Angostura Bitters
Mint leaves (stems intact)
Crushed Ice
  • In a tall glass, add lime juice, sugar and mint leaves stems down
  • Add a splash of soda water and stir gently
  • Push the mint leaf stems down into the bottom
  • Add the Grey Goose L’Orange
  • Fill with crushed ice and stir again
  • Top off with the bitters

If you’re like me and would prefer a non-alcoholic version, cut the sugar by half and use Ginger Ale instead of the vodka 🙂

By the way, I want to say a huge thanks to Erin over at Dinners, Dishes and Desserts for sharing some Swanky love on her site earlier this week.  And for those who had questions about soursop, wikipedia as a great description of its taste: Its flavor has been described as a combination of strawberry and pineapple with sour citrus flavor notes contrasting with an underlying creamy flavor reminiscent of coconut or banana.  

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  1. Thanks for the link to my drink! This cocktail version looks amazing. I am all for mojitos!

  2. Oooh, yum! I have never made a Mojito before, this looks great!!

  3. Trying your eggplant stirfry tonight and looking forward to it!

  4. Yay for relief and for this sweet looking Mojito!

  5. Great Post! Adding bitters to a mojito sounds delish, I'll have to try it out! Oh, and my family love soursop! They always buy cans of the juice to drink and order soursop flavored ice cream! 🙂

  6. Glad you're getting some help! Cheers!

  7. What an interesting variation on a mojito to use Grey Goose L'Orange instead of the traditional rum. Thanks for the N/A tip for making it.

  8. Hi! I'm actually here on your blog looking for some help. I have a blog of my own (, which follows my efforts to cook one meal from every nation on Earth. In a few weeks I'm going to be doing (you guessed it) the Cayman Islands and I'm wondering if you could suggest a couple of recipes (I usually do a main and a side, and sometimes either an appetizer or a dessert). I try to stick with mostly traditional recipes or those recipes that are very popular with locals. I actually would have been game to try turtle but I just horrified my husband by feeding him snails so I don't think I should go there yet. 🙂 I do have some canned breadfruit I wouldn't mind using, and probably some canned conch left over from the Bahamas. Thank you in advance!!

  9. Great drink… great title… great post. Glad to hear help is on the way!

  10. Congrats!!! I just love Mojitos too!

  11. Celebratory indeed! Congrats sweets!

  12. Yay! I'm happy to hear you get another member in your team. Hopefully you won't be stressed as much. Definitely need to celebrate with this refreshing drink!

  13. Cheers to this! so glad you're getting a helping hand – you could have just asked me – I would have been down there in a flash!
    Mary x

  14. More help mean more time to chill. At least I hope it does. Great drink to get the party started. Now all you need is a little music!

  15. Ooh, what a refreshing-looking drink! Congratulations on acquiring a co-worker–I hope they've gotten you someone good!

  16. Mmmm, yum!! I could go for one of these on Seven Mile Beach right about now. 🙂

  17. Ooo I love mojitos!! Haha when I can afford them… thats my favorite drink to order! Its 97 and like 100% humidity in Chicago right now, I'd kill for one of those!

  18. Wow. Love the idea of the ginger ale and perfect for the heat. We have plenty mint in the garden – just one problem: could you send us some of your sunshine to us in Paris, please?
    Congrats on getting some well-earned help at work! Cheers, Carsley.

  19. pleased to hear you have extra help at work 🙂 great drink

  20. This is a perfect cure for burn-out times! I hope you guys get some break from all that hectic work schedule.
    Adding this to the summer drinks list! Just for drinks, I went out yesterday and got another mint plant to supplement 🙂

  21. I was wondering about Soursop because another blogger had it in her ingredients. How convenient that you post a photo and taste description. Mmmm…I love Mojitos and the endless varieties of combinations.

  22. I'm just poking around in the larder to see if i've got any soda – there's mint in the garden and vodka in the freezer so I'm part way there. Now where's the deck chair? GG

  23. I only wish I can get some of that heat you're experiencing right now! I'm sitting in my living room with 2 heaters on…but somehow that mojito looks so tempting!

  24. A mojito does a great job of cooling down a summer day. Yours looks great. I can only imagine summer heat in Cayman. I survived my one and only visit by carrying around a giant sized cup of pina colada that was sold along the side of the road.

    I would have preferred this mojito!

  25. I'll take a cocktail anytime during these hot months!

  26. Congrats on the new team member. The bitters is something I am not aware of but wonder if I can find the same here. I sure need the drink esp with the mint leaves inside. I looks so cooling and soothing.

  27. Soursop sounds delicious. I'll have to seek it out. Gorgeous mojito. I love the splash of bitters. Now all I need is the sunshine!

  28. Congrats on gaining a new employee. It's definitely time to celebrate. This drink looks very refreshing.

    As for the soursop I must have missed that post but it looks similar to a cherimoya unless it the same thing under a different name in the Caymens.

  29. Mojitos = the perfect drink!

  30. Sounds really good! I am sure summer will be more memorable with this drink.

  31. One more pair of hands can do wonders my friend 😀
    Nice one!!!
    Gorgeous summery drink to celebrate with 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  32. Congrats on the help!! I've been in that boat and know things will ease up for you. Love the celebration, I'll join you with one of these beauties!!

  33. Cheers to you Carsley! Great to know that your work burden has been somewhat lifted. I know about burn out, not a good place to be.
    However, you are going into the weekend more relaxed knowing of the new co worker and I would say the drink goes perfect for the situation. Now I just need to think up a good situation so I can have one!

  34. I would love to try a Cayman Mojito. Make mine full strength, please!

  35. Yes, I would also go for the ginger ale. Looks very tasty.

  36. Congrats on the new team member! And what a great way to celebrate =)

  37. It's been way too long since I've stopped by to sat hi!! This drink sounds amazing! I'm so glad you are finally going to be getting a little help at work! Until then, drink up! 😉

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