I know, I know, another mojito. I wanted to get this one in before I switch to more autumnal drinks, because it’s so good! It’s elegant, fruity, refreshing, and looks beautiful in the glass. The berry syrup kicks the flavor up a notch and gives this drink its beautiful color.
Adapted from 101 Mojitos
10 mint leaves, plus sprig for garnish
½ oz fresh lime juice
1 ½ oz fresh berry syrup, recipe follows
2 oz light rum
splash of soda water
a few blueberries and/or blackberries for garnish
In a rocks or old fashioned glass, muddle the mint leaves with the lime juice and syrup. Add the rum. Top with crushed ice and the soda water, and stir well from the bottom up. Garnish with the mint sprig and a few blueberries and/or blackberries.
Fresh Berry Syrup
makes enough for about 10 muddled drinks.
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
½ cup of fresh berries (blueberries and blackberries for the black and blue mojito)
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, water, and berries and stir until the sugar has dissolved and the berries start to bleed into the syrup. Bring to a simmer, then remove from the heat. Let cool completely. Strain, then bottle and keep refrigerated until ready to use.