Here's one last Summer cocktail to savor the season before Labor Day. I was first introduced to the Blueberry Mojito at the the seclusive shores of the Horned Dorset hotel in Puerto Rico, and I returned home with this recipe as my souvenir of choice. I love the pureness and simplicity of a refreshing Mojito, but this sweet twist elevates the classic drink to chic delicousness. This recipe requires juicing, muddling and straining, but it's worth every last effort.
Blueberries may be substituted for strawberries, blackberries or your Summer berry of choice, but only fresh seasonal berries and no frozen or prepackaged juices or purees. As with all apothecary concoctions, the devil is in the quality of the ingredients.
Recipe (per cocktail serving):
*12 mint leaves
*Handful of blueberries
*1/2 oz lime juice (freshly squeezed)
*4tsp. bakers sugar
*1 1/2 oz white rum (I used Bacardi because that's what was on hand)
*Splash of club soda
Muddle the mint leaves and lime juice in a beaker. Mash and strain fresh blueberries into the same beaker. Add bakers sugar and ice, followed by rum. Stir and then pour into high ball glass 3/4 way full. Top with club soda. Garnish with a spring of mint and lime wedge.
Images by Brooklyn Boheme.