A Blackberry Mojito is refreshing during any season, for any occasion, or enjoyed any day of the week.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can also make your own flavored simple syrups. Simply add fresh berries, herbs, spices, citrus rinds, cinnamon sticks, or vanilla beans, (just to mention a few options) to the hot simple syrup solution. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature, then strain. Refrigerate your flavored syrups in airtight glass jars up to 2 weeks.
Add simple, and flavored syrups to cocktails, sweet tea, fruity lemonade, and other sweet beverages.
Alcoholic Substitutions for Rum
Substitute rum with orange liqueur, brandy, gin or sherry.
Non-Alcoholic Substitutions for Rum
For white rum: substitute with pineapple juice flavored with almond extract.
For dark rum: substitute using molasses thinned with pineapple juice and flavored with almond extract.
Using rum extracts: Depending on the brand, usually rum extracts contain a small amount of alcohol, although an imitation extract is usually alcohol-free. (Always read the labels yourself or contact the manufacturer with questions.) You can also use 1 tablespoon rum extract added to 1/2 cup pineapple, apple or orange juice as a substitute for rum.