There is no more refreshing summer cocktail than a Mojito… Not too sweet, just a little tang and just the right amount of alcohol to, well, to not taste like alcohol. This blueberry Mojito was inspired by a local restaurant that was right on the water and charged me $10.50 for one drink… I had to try to recreate it… What I did was take the inspiration and ran with it adding in little touches that appealed to me. I love blueberries and this time of year is a great time to pick some up at farm stands everywhere. And an entire pitcher doesn’t come near $10.50!
Soon, I was serving it at parties and gatherings with friends and it became a frequently requested treat! My friend Jennifer recently hosted a girlfriend of ours, Virginie, from Paris and we had a little get together, so I made a fresh pitcher right at her house! Take a look…
Recipe for Stacy’s Blueberry Mojitos:
1/2 cup simple syrup
1 quart blueberries, washed
1 bunch fresh mint, about 8-10 sprigs
1 liter lime sparkling water
1 cup white rum
Prepare the simple syrup by bringing one cup of sugar and one cup of water to a boil and cooling. Also, keep sparkling water refrigerated until it is time to add in.
Cut 2 limes into 8 chunks each. Slice the remaining lime into circles for garnishing. Strip 3-4 sprigs of mint and tear the leaves. Reserve the remaining mint sprigs for garnishing.
In a pitcher muddle all the fruit and mint together with a wooden spoon. Add in simple syrup and rum, stir. refrigerate mixture for at least one hour or up to a day.
When ready to serve, add in sparkling water. Add 3-4 cups of ice and serve. Garnish with lime circles and mint and add in ice to each glass.
*This is a gluten-free recipe if using Cruzan rum.