Put the lime in the cucumber and muddle

Poolside in Miami, hanging out with friends, it seemed totally natural to have a cocktail at 11:30am while discussing what a non-alcoholic mojito should be called.  Nojito?  Mojino?  Fauxjito?

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None of that for me.  Perhaps distantly inspired by the people who brought us pickle water, this is the Cucumber Mojito.  Calming, cooling and collected, the cucumber, lime and mint mellow out the rum.  I even ate the garnish cucumber with its dusting of sugar.  I don't think it'll replace the gin & tonic as the summer drink of record, but it's one good reason to go back to Miami or at least pretend that you're there.

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