Is there a better summer cocktail than an ice-cold mojito? Better yet, a unique blackberry mojito? NOPE. Something about the cocktail reminds me of warm tropical weather. I suppose it makes me feel like I’m on vacation whenever I’m sipping one.
Traditionally, a classic mojito is made with white rum, fresh lime juice (lime wedges), sugar (or simple syrup), mint leaves, and soda water. This variation simply adds fresh blackberries. Start by muddling limes, sugar, blackberries, and mint leaves in a tall glass until pulverized and juiced. Then add rum, soda water, and ice, and stir.
Tips & Tricks
- Invest in a good muddler: A muddler is a cocktail device used to mash and pulverize fruits and fresh herbs in order to extract flavors and juices. They’re inexpensive and a solid addition to any home bar set. It makes the whole process much easier.
- Simple syrup is the key to a good mojito. Liquid sugar syrup easily mixes/dissolves into the cocktail instead of sinking to the bottom like granulated sugar. You can buy simple syrup or easily make your own by heating equal parts sugar and water on the stovetop. Simple syrup can also be made in the microwave in a pinch.
- Add your favorite fruits: This recipe can be easily fruited by muddling in fresh or frozen fruits. It’s a great way to add flavor and the options are endless. Try blackberry, blueberry, kiwi, pineapple, strawberry, mango, or even sliced cucumber.
- Use mojito mint, spearmint, or peppermint: Mojito mint is the mildest mint and the official mint for the cocktail. Spearmint is most readily available at most grocery stores year-round and has the most intense flavor. Peppermint is another great mild alternative.
- Slap a mint sprig on the back of your hand before garnishing: This method releases the oils and makes the mint more aromatic with every sip.
Adding Fruit to Mojitos
A base mojito can be altered by adding different types of fresh fruit to the muddling step. If you can make a basic mojito, you can make ANY mojito. A few ideas for you in terms of fruit additions.
- 3-4 blackberries
- 3-4 raspberries
- 2 strawberries
- 3-4 mango cubes (frozen works too)
- 2-3 sices kiwi (peeled)
- 1/4 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
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A classic refreshing mojito made with fresh muddled blackberries, mint, lime juice, and sugar.
- 2 ounces white rum
- 2 ounces club soda
- 1/2 ounce lime juice, or 3 lime wedges
- 6–7 mint leaves
- 3 blackberries
- 3/4 ounce simple syrup (1 tablespoon of sugar will do)
- Cup of ice
- In a Boston shaker, muddle limes, mint leaves, blackberries, and simple syrup until pulverized. Add rum and ice and shake for 15 seconds.
- Pour contents into a glass (no straining) and top with two ounces of club soda. Stir and garnish with mint leaves and blackberry.
For different variations, substitute blackberries for raspberries, strawberries, mangos, kiwis, blueberries, you name it.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 204
- Sugar: 0.4g
- Sodium: 28mg
- Fat: 0g
- Saturated Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 19.3g
- Fiber: 0.2g
- Protein: 0.1g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: Mojito recipe, blackberry mojito