Almost exactly four years ago, my brother got married to his lovely wife, Megan……in Mexico! And despite the fact that I had a 9 month old and was still nursing at the time, I left Jorden and the girls at home and headed to Mexico on my own. I wouldn’t have missed it! And I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you that I had an amazing time….or that coming home was bittersweet….or that I’d go back in a heartbeat (with Jorden this time….of course)….
…But what might come as a surprise to you was how hard my brother’s wedding actually was for me! I didn’t expect it and I can’t even really explain it, but I was overcome with emotion the night he said, “I do.” Growing up, he and I were just two years apart, the youngest two of four. For much of our lives, we shared a bedroom, and we were the last two at home after my sisters both left for college. We had a lot of shared experiences – just the two of us – and for some reason, I always felt a special bond with him.
Don’t get me wrong – the wedding was beautiful and I couldn’t have been happier for my brother and Megan, but that night on the beach in Mexico, it felt like I was losing something. And the truth is, I was! But. I was also gaining….a sister-in-law, a new understanding of my brother, an opportunity for a new relationship with the two of them.
- Pineapple-Orange Mojito
- 2 oz. light rum
- ¼ c. pineapple juice
- 1 orange wedge, peeled
- 4 large mint leaves, torn
- 1 Tbsp. simple syrup
- club soda
- Cut orange wedge into thirds; place in a glass with torn mint leaves and muddle to release flavors.
- Add ice, simple syrup, rum, and pineapple juice. Stir to combine.
- Top with club soda.
While you’re here, be sure to check out my other fun summer cocktails!