there's a brand of more upscale products sold by our local giant grocery stores (tho a quick google tells me that several other stores sell it too) called "simply enjoy". they have a mojito mix out that i considered for a while, since it seemed to be all the right stuff...basically, a simple syrup with mint, but then i decided that mojitos were definitely best fresh. hmm, wonder if this stuff really would be an acceptable shortcut?
my bartender friend uses coconut soda as the mixer. it's yet another of the fantastic treasures we get from the asian market (and "coco rico" isn't a stealthy product, we've found it at every asian & hispanic grocery i've been to). it's NOT super sugary like coconut candy, but more like if you made coconut milk or fresh coconut juice into a moderately-sweet carbonated product. it's FANTASTIC.
and Anthea, midnight oil is quite well known outside of australia. the song Vera's quoting hit number 17 stateside