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.
Invest in a Muddler
For this cocktail, you’re going to want to invest in a muddler. A muddler is a handheld wooden bar tool with a wide flat head on one end. A muddler is used to mash and pulverize fruits and fresh herbs to extract flavors in cocktails. They’re inexpensive and a solid addition to any home bar set.
Start With a Classic Mojito
Traditionally, a classic mojito is made with white rum, fresh lime juice (lime wedges), sugar (or simple syrup), mint leaves, and soda water. You start by muddling limes, sugar, and mint leaves in a tall glass until pulverized and juiced. Then you add rum, soda water, ice, and stir.
Simple Syrup Makes All the Difference
Simple syrup or simple sugar is the key to a good mojito. Why? Liquid sugar syrup easily mixes/dissolves into the cocktail instead of sinking to the bottom like granulated sugar. You can buy it, but it’s REALLY easy to make at home with equal parts of very hot water and regular sugar. That’s right 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water renders about 2 cups simple sugar.
A base mojito can be altered by adding different types of fresh fruit to the muddle step. If you can make a basic mojito, you can make ANY mojito. A few ideas for you in terms of fruit additions.
- 2-3 blackberries
- 2-3 raspberries
- 2 strawberries
- 3-4 mango cubes
- 2-3 sices kiwi (peeled)
- 1/4 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
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A classic mojito made with fresh muddled blackberries. Is there a better Summer cocktail than an ice cold mojito? NOPE.
- 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 10 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