A virgin grape mojito recipe that has an amazing twist to it from the spicy (very spicy) habenaro peppers. A mocktail that will knock your socks off with the very first sip you take.
What’s new in my world? Well, for starters, my house is currently void of Thai chilies (Indian green chilies or bird eye chilies). Apparently, there is some sort of US FDA ban on it. Whether the ban is permanent or temporary, I have no idea. This news, however is making quite a few Indian ladies pull their hair out in frustration (Shampoo companies, here is your untargeted market :P). You see, a lot of everyday Indian recipes call for the use of green chili for flavor, punch, spice and whatever makes your ears smoke when you have Indian food.
Me, I took the news with a pinch of salt! LIE! (Every time that I try to lie on the blog, the keyboard types the word lie by itself and makes me confess the truth too! :D) Anyways, I moped and sulked a little. Yes, a little. You see, I don’t take bad news very well. Considering that this affects a lot of my recipes, and the fact that I cribbed about it to Nachiket for just 5-10 minutes is proof enough that I only sulked a “little”!
That little background story brings us to our recipe today, Virgin Grape Mojitos with habenaro peppers. Before I proceed, I have to tell you (without any bias, this being my recipe and all) that these virgin grape mojitos were by leaps and bounds one of the most tantalizing non-alcoholic beverages that I have had in a long-long time!
Now, where were we? Yes, the big green chili ban of 2015. This ban led me to experimenting with a few other species of chilies (or peppers if that’s what you call it) and one of them was habenaro peppers. Oh boy! Oh boy! If you think Sriracha is hot, if you think Indian food is hot, then, wait till you taste this. Aaaargh! I think I am just beginning to comprehend what hot means! 😀
Well, I used this heat in the best possible ways. Of course, my everyday Indian cooking too. I just sliced them up and stuck them in the freezer. I now use 1 or 1 ½ slice of these habenaro peppers in place of 2-4 Indian green chilies. That apart, I created these virgin grape mojitos.
If I had to pick a handful of recipes from the blog that any newbie follower of Yummily Yours’ must try, this virgin grape mojito recipe would definitely make the list!
Here is the recipe for:
Virgin Grape Mojitos with Habenaro Peppers