My Favorite Cocktail of the Summer – Blackberry Mojito
Posted on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
My favorite cocktail of the summer was this Blackberry Mojito. Boy oh boy, did I get hooked on this flavor-packed garden cocktail. It all started with a bachelorette party. I was hired to provide the entertainment with my cocktail show and tell, where I create 5 or 6 cocktails, while sharing all sorts of gartending hot tips. One of the bride-to-be’s favorite cocktails was a mojito, and she wasn’t a big fan of sweet libations. I created the Blackberry Mojito for her celebration, with a killer Minty Syrup. Just enough sweetness to liven up those tart blackberries, and deliver plenty of mint flavor.This year I added a Mojito Mint from the Drunken Botanist plant collection to our cocktail garden. It’s the best. My favorite rum to use in this mojito is a rum with some age.
There’s still time to offer a toast to one of the best summers we’ve had in the Northwest in a long while, with this delectable Blackberry Mojito.
- 2 ounces rum (something with a bit of age)
- 1/2 ounce Minty Syrup
- 1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- 6 or so blackberries
- 6 or so mint leaves plus a mint sprig for garnish
- club soda, optional
Place the blackberries, mint leaves and rum in your serving glass. Muddle the berries and mint. Add the syrup and lime juice, and stir well. Then some ice cubes, a sprig of mint for your garnish, and a splash of club soda if you like.
- 1 c. organic cane sugar
- 1 c. water
- 1 c. mint leaves
Bring sugar, water and mint to a low simmer in a pot, stirring frequently until the sugar is dissolved. Turn off the heat, and let cool to room temperature. Strain the mint from the syrup into a clean bottle. Refrigerate.