HOW TO MAKE A BLACKBERRY MOJITO

A Blackberry Mojito is refreshing during any season, for any occasion, or enjoyed any day of the week.

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Blackberry harvest collecting

Growing up on a farm meant my list of chores included helping pick blackberries. These juicy morsels of sour deliciousness meant we were going to be enjoying homemade fresh blackberry pie, cobbler and jam. I could try to describe just how amazing these desserts and jam were, but there really are no words. You’ll just have to trust me… they were heavenly! (Insert sigh)

Blackberry harvest collecting

Last night I asked my mother what variety of blackberries she planted on the farm. She said that she didn’t remember the name however the plants she planted were a thornless variety. That makes sense because I don’t remember ever getting stuck by thorns when picking blackberries.

Blackberry harvest collecting

So how do you make a Blackberry Mojito?

First of all, a traditional mojito is a cocktail that consists of white rum, simple syrup, lime juice, club soda, and mint. The white rum compliments the combination of sweetness, citrus, and mint flavors. A mojito usually has a relatively low alcohol content, however, you can modify the amount to suit your individual taste.

blackberry cocktail in wine glass with mint

Here’s how to make a Blackberry Mojito:

  • 5 – 6 fresh blackberries
  • 4 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 ounces simple syrup or blackberry syrup
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup club soda, chilled
  • 1 to 1 1/2 ounces white rum 
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • Garnish with sprigs of mint and fresh whole blackberries

Place blackberries, mint leaves, simple or blackberry syrup and lime juice into a small bowl. Gently mash the mixture with a muddler. Do not shred the mint leaves, rather simply bruise them to release the essential oils. Stir in club soda and rum. Strain to remove the blackberry seeds and remnants of the mint leaves. Pour into chilled stemware.  Add ice and garnish with fresh sprigs of mint and several fresh whole blackberries. Serve.

blackberry juice in vintage eco style bottle

Non-alcoholic version.

Make Your Own Simple Syrup

To make your own simple sugar, use equal amounts of granulated sugar and water. Heat the mixture to the point where the sugar is dissolved then allow the syrup to cool. Refrigerate in an airtight glass jar up to 4 weeks.

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