Celebrating Fourth of July Weekend: Garden-Fresh Strawberry-Mint Mojitos & Flowers Exploding in the Night Sky…

Strawberry-Mint Mojitos – One of the Summer Garden’s Greatest Pleasures !   Photo â“’ Michaela at TGE

An explosive ‘bouquet’ in the night sky â“’ Michaela at TGE

Look at those great big sparklers! Oh yes, I do love a little pyrotechnic excitement now and again – don’t you? In honor of America’s birthday, I’m going out to see fireworks tonight, and –goofy gal that I am– I’m pretty excited about it. To me, fireworks look like gigantic, technicolor flowers, exploding in the night sky. Wouldn’t you agree? Well, I know not everyone will get what I’m driving at here, so I put together a few daytime vs nighttime kabooms and kablams (photos below) for a bit of comparison. Even hand-held sparklers look like flowers to me; so much so, in fact, they seem like the perfect fizzy bridal bouquet (well, I do suppose you would have to wear a flame-retardent gown, and say your vows pretty fast – now wouldn’t you?).

Fourth of July is one of my two favorite holidays, (think you can guess the other?), and I’m about to pack up my bag and head on down the dusty road with some treats for my evening companions. Since Mentha villosa (Cuban mint) and fresh strawberries are plentiful in the garden, I figured I might as well whip up a few fresh strawberry-mint mojitos later on tonight. But of course, I can’t leave without sharing the recipe with you.  So scroll down past the floral and pyrotechnic explosions below… ‘Till you reach the cocktail recipe. Enjoy! And do have yourself a safe and fantabulous Fourth of July…

Happy Birthday America !!  xo Michaela

Red-Orange Explosion by Day â“’ Tim Geiss

Red-Orange Explosion by Night â“’ Michaela at TGE…

Exploding Queen Anne’s Lace in the Garden â“’ Michaela at TGE

Exploding Queen Anne’s Lace in the Night Sky â“’ 2009 Michaela at TGE

Exploding Echinacea by Day â“’ Michaela at TGE

Exploding Echinacea by Night â“’ Michaela at TGE

Wishing All of You a Happy and Safe Independence Day!


Photo â“’ Michaela at TGE

Strawberry-Mint Mojito

Ingredients (makes one cocktail):

6-8     strawberries washed and quartered, plus extra for garnish

1-2     tsp white sugar

1/2     lime cut into quarters

4         sprigs of mint – (pinch first 3-4 sets of tender leaves and tip)                             {ideally Mentha villosa & p.s don’t stint on the mint!}

2         ounces of fine Puerto Rican white rum*

1/2     cup of cracked, not crushed, ice cubes

Club soda to top glass

Fresh picked strawberries from the garden. Photo â“’ Michaela at TGE


Drop the mint into bottom of a cocktail shaker cup and crush the herbs with a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon to release the oil. Add the sugar, and squeeze in the juice of the lime wedges, next, add the strawberries and mash together well. Stir in the rum*. You can toss in the lime rinds if you like. Add the cracked ice cubes to the cup – cover and shake well. Pour the contents into a frosted glass and top with club soda. Before serving, garnish the glass with a fresh strawberry wedge and a sprig of mint. Serve.

*This drink is also fantastic without rum. You may wish to add more strawberries and a tiny bit more sugar if you are excluding the rum. Or add a touch of good quality, artificial rum flavoring instead.

Add Champagne, Prosecco or a Non-alcoholic Sparkler for a Strawberry Flirt. Click here for recipe. Photo â“’ Michaela at TGE


Day Bloom â“’ Michaela at TGE

Night Boom â“’ Michaela at TGE

Bright Blasts of Dill â“’ Michaela at TGE

Pyrotechnic Petals â“’ Michaela at TGE

Bright Blue Bachelor Button Explosion by Day â“’ Michaela at TGE

Electric-Blue Bachelor Button Explosion by Night â“’ Michaela at TGE


Article and photographs,(with noted exception) â“’ 2010 Michaela at TGE

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5 Replies to “Celebrating Fourth of July Weekend: Garden-Fresh Strawberry-Mint Mojitos & Flowers Exploding in the Night Sky…”

  1. Jen

    Love the photos doubles of flowers and fireworks! Fantastic!

    Fourth of July was always my favorite holiday as a kid.

  2. Michaela

    ;) Hee hee. My goofy side got the upper hand yesterday. They do look like fowers to me – what can I say? Fourth of July is fabulous, isn’t it? The great outdoors and warm weather, picnics with seasonal food, friends, games and of course FIREWORKS. It couldn’t be better! No pressure… just fun. And, it’s a little romantic and a lot patriotic. I love it. xo

  3. Deb Weyrich-Cody

    Hi Michaela, I am so glad that you love pyrotechnics as much as you( and as much as I) do… It was January 1st when I first discovered your blog. Your “Happy New Year, Sparkler in the Snow” grabbed me by the imagination while pumping up my spirits and you haven’t let go since.
    Thank you for the fantastic pics – you have transported me once again! Not to mention firing up the old grey cells… I’m all out of strawberries, as we got hit with a frost in mid flower this year :(
    Banana Daiquiris, here I come! Hope your Fourth of July is as fabulous as our Canada Day was July 1st! Enjoy your holiday!!! D xo

  4. lulu

    once again you seize to amaze me!! the photos! your eye of creativity! your true spirit sparkles with this wonderful blog. Hope you had a bang of an evening!! xoxolola

  5. Michaela

    Happy Fourth of July LuLu and a Happy –belated– Canada Day Deb. Enjoy the pyrotechnic displays and summer cocktails all around ! xo Michaela

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