P. loves mojitos. He orders them out at restaurants constantly. And once I gave them a chance, I realized I loved them, too.
I usually order margaritas, but sometimes the tequila is just too much. Rum is my go to for summery tasting drinks. I’ve also been making amazing frozen strawberry daiquiris this year.
But this post is about our blackberry mojitos from last Friday.
We wanted to have drinks to finish celebrating my birthday. So I gave P. a short grocery list and worked on the prep. It takes a little more work than using pre-packaged mixes, but the drinks taste so fresh and amazing.
Adapted from Eat, Live, Run.
For the drinks:
- 2 oz (1/4 cup) blackberry mint simple syrup
- 2 oz (1/4 cup) light rum
- juice of 1 lime
- club soda
So, you could buy simple syrup, use any flavored sugar syrups, or customize it however you want. But I strongly suggest trying this syrup.
For the simple syrup:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup fresh blackberries
- 6 sprigs fresh mint
To make the syrup: Combine water and sugar. Simmer over medium heat until the sugar dissolves (it should turn from white or cloudy to clear again). Take off heat. Add blackberries and mint, and steep for ten minutes. Smash with a spoon to break up blackberries, and strain the mixture through a sieve.
You could swap the blackberries with any berries and have wild success. You could also probably swap in a lot of different fruits, but I can’t vouch for them. I also strongly recommend steeping the mint with the fruit, if you’re making your own syrup. The mint tastes exactly the same once you assemble the drinks, and you avoid drinking all the floating pieces of mint.
To prepare one drink, mix simple syrup, rum, and lime juice over ice. Top with club soda to taste. Garnish with more mint and blackberries, or just keep it simple (which is obviously what I did).
This drink is pretty sweet, but I think it’s similar to flavored mojitos when you order them out. If you prefer less sweet drinks, try changing the ratio of the simple syrup — you could start with 1 oz and go from there.
I could definitely see these being enjoyed on the balcony a few more times this summer.
What’s your favorite summery drink?