There is nothing like a cold, refreshing drink on a hot day! Which is why I’m loving this twist on the classic mojito right now. Blueberries are such a perfect summer fruit, and they go so well with the mint and the lime that I know I’m going to be enjoying this blueberry mojito all summer long.
When I was thinking about what sort of cocktail to make for June, I knew I wanted blueberries and I wanted something quick to make. While I enjoy making syrups and sauces to use in cocktails, like my Hot Apple Pie Bourbon Cocktail and my Strawberry and Lime Vodka Collins, like most of you I don’t always think ahead.
One thing I love about this drink is that the only ingredient I have to make sure I have in the house is the blueberries, and I frequently do have some on hand this time of year, since the price is good and I want to enjoy as much summer fruit as possible while it’s in season. It’s always so much better when it didn’t have to travel around the world to get to me! Once I have the blueberries, I’m good to go. 🙂 Limes I keep in my crisper. Rum is in the liquor cabinet.
And mint. I planted a mint plant years ago. Now I will never run out of mint in the summer. Seriously, if I – with my black thumb – am overrun with mint, then you only need a patch of ground and a mint plant. Mint, oregano, chives, sage, thyme, and sorrel are a few of the herbs which will keep coming back year after year.
While my recipe is only for two drinks, it can be scaled up easily. This is a great drink to have in a pitcher at a summer cookout! Mash up the blueberries and the mint, mix it with the rum and the lime juice and the sweetener, and strain it into the pitcher. Add ice and soda water and you have a drink for a crowd.
– Happy Drinking, Annemarie
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 8-10 mint leaves
- 1 oz agave syrup
- 1 oz lime juice
- 3 oz rum
- 4 oz soda water, approximately
Pour the blueberries into a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler (or the end of a wooden spoon), muddle the blueberries until they are thoroughly broken up and have released their juices.
Add the mint and gently press on them, giving them a single twist.
Add agave syrup, lime juice, and rum. Shake well.
Strain the drink into two ice-filled glasses and top with soda water.
Give the drink a stir and garnish with lime slices, extra blueberries, and mint leaves if desired.
If you don't have any agave syrup, make a quick simple syrup. To make simple syrup, take equal amounts of water and sugar - 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup granulated sugar - bring them to a boil in a saucepan and let it simmer for 1-2 minutes to dissolve all the sugar. Let cool and use. Extra simple syrup can be put in a sealed container and kept in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks.