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My Miami Vice: Mojitos!

Posted on May 18, 2016 by Lisa Ricard Claro   12 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth


Photo courtesy of Chance Agrella

Thanks to Robert Robinson for last week’s interview and for responding to comments here in my absence. I took a computer break and didn’t bring my Surface Pro with me to Miami. It was nice to be free of technology for a few days, although I did have my cell and posted a few pics on Facebook. Here’s one of me and my daughters, in case you missed it.

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The trip was a lot of fun. It was my first visit to Miami, and though we didn’t have time for much touristy stuff—we were there to meet with the vendors for my daughter’s October wedding (the cutie-pie in the glasses is the bride-to-be, and the other cutie-pie is her maid-of-honor, my other daughter) and visit the venue—we did manage to hit the beach and do a bit of shopping at Bayside, which is where the above photo was taken. We ate dinner outdoors at a little Cuban restaurant, and I enjoyed my first mojito. I’m usually a margarita girl, but I keep hearing about mojitos and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Yum! It was so good that I Googled the recipe. Here you go, courtesy of Cat Cora and Food Network:


Classic Mojito

4 tablespoons cane sugar, plus more to rim glass

4 cups ice

6 ounces light rum

10-12 mint sprigs

6 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Club soda

4 slices lime


Moisten the rims of four glasses with lime and dip into the cane sugar. Set aside.

Place ice in beverage shaker, then add the rum. Break up half of the mint leaves and add to the shaker with the lime juice and sugar. Shake well and serve over ice. Top off each glass with a splash of club soda. Garnish each glass with a slice of lime and a sprig of mint.


I know, I know—that’s a lot of sugar packed into one little drink. But trust me, it’s worth it. 🙂

Special thanks to the mother-of-the-groom, Maggie Vazquez, for playing chauffeur on Friday. We never could have navigated Miami without her. She got us to every appointment right on time, in spite of the traffic. (Dinner with the Vazquez family on Saturday night was a treat, too! The homemade flan…OMG. Melt-in-your-mouth amazing.)

So, we met the wedding vendors, walked the venue, and now it’s just a matter of counting days until October 15th. My daughter still has some odds and ends to take care of, but the big stuff is done. With only five months to go, you know it’s going to fly!

Does anyone have advice for this mother-of-the-bride? Anything special I should know? (Like drink the mojitos at the reception, not the ceremony. Ha.) I’m collecting pieces of advice, Buttercup! Please leave a comment with something I absolutely need to know!

See you next week! Thanks for hanging out with me.

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12 Responses to "My Miami Vice: Mojitos!"

  1. Comment by Karen Lange
    May 18, 2016 at 5:26 pm  

    So glad you had a good time! 🙂 Your daughters are beautiful. Just like their mama.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 19, 2016 at 11:11 am  

      Aw, thanks, Karen. I think they’re gorgeous, but I’m a little biased. 🙂

  2. Comment by Donna Volkenannt
    May 18, 2016 at 9:15 pm  

    You and your daughters are lovely! What a special time and memories for your all, and the mojitos look yummy.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 19, 2016 at 11:11 am  

      Thanks, Donna. We did have a wonderful girls-only weekend, and yes, the mojitos were terrific. lol

  3. Comment by Claudia
    May 19, 2016 at 9:39 am  

    Glad you had fun! Know nothing about mother of the bride…only was mother of the groom and seemed to fail at that. Am sure you will flourish as a mother of the bride!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 19, 2016 at 11:12 am  

      I hope so, Claudia. Being mother-of-the-groom was easy, as nothing was expected of me. All I had to do was find the right dress and show up. 🙂

  4. Comment by Robert Robinson
    May 19, 2016 at 1:18 pm  

    So much beauty in one spot. I need sunglasses to look. I’m sure it will go off without a hitch. Good job mom. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 24, 2016 at 9:50 pm  

      Sunglasses. Haha… 🙂

  5. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    May 19, 2016 at 4:23 pm  

    Your girls are beautiful. Sounds like you had a productive and enjoyable trip. Being offline for 2+ weeks wasn’t as hard for me as I thought it would be but coming back to gobs of email hasn’t been fun. 🙂

    Buttons missed us for about 10 minutes and then he was back to his ornery self. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 24, 2016 at 9:52 pm  

      You were missed! Also, I’m very envious of your trip to Hawaii. I’ve never been but would love to go sometime. And Buttons just wants to make sure you remember who’s boss.

  6. Comment by Pat
    May 22, 2016 at 2:06 pm  

    Such fun and what a wonderful venue!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 24, 2016 at 9:55 pm  

      We really did have a great time. The only thing missing was my daughter-in-law, Ashley, who had planned to come, but had to cancel. I do wish we had more time there, but it was a short trip.

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