Fresh mint and blackberries make this mojito delicious and refreshing!
My mom and sisters have HUGE green thumbs. They can literally place a stick in the ground and it will grow into a majestic tree. I on the other hand, have the thumb of death. I kill everything I lay my eyes upon. I’m not kidding. Last year my mom gifted me a gorgeously fragrant, mature basil plant. “All you have to do is water it” she says. I swear I watched that plant like a hawk. I watered it when it looked droopy, I moved it around, spoke to it, caressed it and within a week it was dead. No pesto for me.
This year my mom offered up a sizable mint plant. I wanted that plant in the worst way. Fresh mint is an essential ingredient in these blackberry mojitos. I knew if I had all those mint leaves at my disposal, then that would mean the mojitos would really be flowing! But I stopped myself because I knew that flourishing mint plant would be a goner before I even had a chance to set it on my deck.
I never realized how lovely mojitos were until I had this recipe. Now I make it every single chance I get. Last summer was all about shandy’s and mudslides. This summer is all about the mojito! As I mentioned earlier, the key to this recipe is starting with lots of fresh mint. That’s what makes this mojito taste crisp and refreshing while plump blackberries make it luscious and sweet. I mixed sparkling lemon water into my mojitos. The tart lemon flavored water really seemed to make all the individual flavors come alive.
If you can keep plants alive then invest in a big mint plant. You will want to keep these mojitos around all summer long!
This crisp, cool and refreshing blackberry mojitos just might be the best thing you drink all summer!
- 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 4 oz blackberries
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1/2 cup white rum
- juice from half a lime
- 1 can sparkling lemon water (I used Sanpellegrino)
- Place mint leaves, sugar and black berries in a cocktail shaker. Muddle with the handle of a wooden spoon until the berries have broke up. Add ice, lime juice and rum and shake for 30 seconds.
- Fill 4 glasses with ice. Fill up each glass halfway with rum mixture. Top each with lemon sparkling water. Garnish with blackberries and mint.
- Recipe adapted from Cooking Light.