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Blueberry Mojito

Blueberry Mojito

by Barbara Kiebel on August 2, 2013

I wanted my daughter to make this cocktail for a baby shower she is co-hosting this weekend. She wanted something really, really blue and truth is I could not guarantee this would be so she’s going the route of a cocktail with Blue Curacao. She had better make something very tasty with that neon blue stuff because while this might not be the perfect color…boy oh boy was it good.

I’ve made Blueberry Mojitos before and once the berries actually had a blue tone to them but the truth is that most often those blue berries will make purple juice. Go figure. I’m not a big fan of eating anything blue because it’s most often artificially colored; I would have considered making these bluer for her needs but for Friday Cocktail; I’m OK with this hue; after all purple is actually my favorite color!

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I took this photo on Emily’s small patio that is connected to the room I use for photography. That door to the patio is typically closed and locked so it was lucky I opened it the other day to get some air and realized what a pretty space it would be for relaxing with a cocktail. Emily has for years tried growing some plants in this space without success; this year she inherited some larger pots of mine when I moved and bought another of her own and has done a beautiful job of creating a balcony garden. Flowers accent tomatoes, basil, rosemary and mint and my girl has finally discovered her green thumb…they are all just beautiful.

cruzan-key-lime-rumI loved this cocktail; after making a Raspberry Mojito a few weeks ago with vodka I was ready to return to a more classic combination with rum and I remembered that I had some Cruzan Key Lime Rum in my liquor cabinet…how perfect right? I’m not a big fan of some of the flavored vodkas and rums on the market but the combination of rum and lime are meant to be. We’ve been enjoying Cuba Libres lately and this has been such a great addition to that classic cocktail so I just knew it would work well with this Blueberry Mojito. Cruzan® Key Lime Rum adds the sweet and tangy taste of key lime to its blend of rum, creating a spirit with a terrific citrus flavor that is perfectly combined with a light bodied finish. I’ve really enjoyed the Cruzan rums I’ve tried; they are an excellent product without a price tag to scare you away!

Need a Mocktail? For those of you who need to restrict your alcohol intake, Amber with Bluebonnets and Brownies made this Virgin Mojito; it would be great as is or mixed with some blueberry puree for a version of this cocktail.

I’m thinking I need to experiment with the full gamut of summer fruits in mojitos; wondering now if I can still find some cherries…you might just see that next!

Blueberry Mojito
 
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Serves: One Serving
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • 2-3 Tbsp simple syrup (mix equal amounts of water and sugar and bring to a boil; cook just until the sugar is melted and cool)
  • 2 ounces rum
  • 2 slices lime
  • 4-6 mint leaves
  • Blueberries, lime slice and mint for garnish
Instructions
  1. Put blueberries and simple syrup into a blender and mix until all solids are liquified.
  2. Pour into a cocktail shaker and add rum. Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously until shaker is ice cold.
  3. Put lime and mint into the bottom of a glass and muddle (use a muddler or a large spoon); crushing to release the oils and juices.
  4. Fill the glass with ice, pour the berry and rum mixture into the glass and stir well.
  5. Top with chilled club soda or sparkling water, stir and garnish with blueberries, lime and mint leaf.

I was provided with a bottle of Cruzan® Key Lime Rum; all commentary is my own.



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1 Elizabeth August 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm

What a lovely drink! I wish I had through to plant a little bit of mint (as if there’s such a thing!) in my garden this year. Can’t wait to source the ingredients and try this fruity, minty sip!
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2 Creative Culinary August 13, 2013 at 3:59 pm

My daughter planted mint in a pot on her patio Elizabeth and it did great; she’s has tried and tried for several years to get plants to grow and, ahem, finally listened to her mama. Her pots were WAY too little and everything dried out before the end of the day. I gave her a couple of big pots when I moved and she bought another herself and her garden is amazing! Actually it’s what’s in the background of that mojito. Tomatoes, basil, mint, rosemary, thyme and some annuals thrown in for color. If you want to plant mint in the ground; dig out a big hole, plant your mint in a 5 gallon paint bucket and submerge the bucket. That will keep it from spreading…worked in my garden for 20+ years.

You’ll love this cocktail; it was so refreshing and the blueberry is a great addition.

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3 Paula August 7, 2013 at 6:37 pm

How lovely that another green thumb flourishes in your family ~ go Emily :) I could really get my mojo on that patio with a few of these refreshers.
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4 Creative Culinary August 8, 2013 at 11:08 am

She has struggled to get something going for years…the answer was simply much larger pots. It’s a forest out there and I love it!

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5 nusrat2010 August 5, 2013 at 2:49 pm

This Mojito has everything to turn a summer evening into an evening-to-remember :)
Loved its beautiful look, cool vibe and crispiness.
Oh, and the picture is outstandingly marvelous with all those background summer flowers :)
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6 Carol August 5, 2013 at 11:14 am

Aside from BLUE corn, I am here to tell you that when we lived near the Bay of Quinte (eastern Ontario, Canada) for about one week in July every year, we ran to get as many blue raspberries as the freezer would hold –pies, jam, and as many fresh berries that we could eat in that week. The berries were really BLUE and tasted quite unlike any I have seen or tasted before or since — an intense, wine-like flavour.
By the way, this blueberry cocktail looks superb!

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7 Creative Culinary August 5, 2013 at 8:07 pm

I did some research before I wrote this article and discovered that there is a raspberry plant called, Rubus leucodermis, also referred to as “blue raspberry”, “black raspberry”, “whitebark raspberry” or “blackcap”. This species of raspberry plant is native to western North America from B.C. in Canada south to California, New Mexico and Mexico in the United States. This species of plant is closely related to the eastern North American variety of black raspberry called Rubus occidentalis and my research indicated that the actual color of the whitebark raspberry is dark purple. If you indeed have really true blue raspberries up your way I would love to see them! I had forgotten about blue corn…which is pretty dumb since I just love blue corn tortillas. Still. blue is very much a rarity even with those examples; I’m still sure I’ll never go too crazy over a blue food or drink! :)

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8 Arthur August 4, 2013 at 1:56 pm

WOnderful article. I love mojito, so I’ll definitely try this one too. Great pictures, I love it.

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9 Avanika {Yumsilicious Bakes} August 4, 2013 at 3:25 am

I can’t stand Blue Curacao, this drink sounds so so much better! Love the drips on the straw
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10 Creative Culinary August 4, 2013 at 8:20 am

Uh oh…my daughter wants me to feature the cocktail she is making next week. I’ll give it a try but I’m pretty sure I’ll remain with one foot firmly planted in the ‘if it’s blue it not meant to be consumed’ camp! That straw is actually a glass straw with blue glass drips; I LOVE them. I have plain ones and ones for martinis too…yes, I went a bit nuts! Here’s where I got them: http://www.glassdharma.com/straws.html

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11 sippitysup August 3, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Summer fruit mojitos! Sounds like a song… GREG

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12 Creative Culinary August 4, 2013 at 8:14 am

They deserve a song; like Buffet and Margaritas I think Mojitos need their own tune too!

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13 Jayne August 3, 2013 at 6:17 am

Another beautiful looking cocktail! Ive always been suspicious of Blue Curacao!

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14 Creative Culinary August 3, 2013 at 11:11 am

Hehe…love that Jayne; the suspicious! Guess I’ll find out; I’m making the cocktail Em is making for the shower for next weeks post; crossing my fingers I like it!

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15 Lizzy (Good Things) August 3, 2013 at 3:50 am

How beautiful! I want one now…
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16 Creative Culinary August 3, 2013 at 11:10 am

Thanks Lizzy…how I wish you were close enough for me to share!

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17 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 2, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I love a good traditional mojito and raspberries are my second favorite berry ever – so this drink is for me. I’ll give it a try on the next warm day. Spring will arrive next month up here… can’t wait.
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18 Creative Culinary August 3, 2013 at 11:09 am

I love a good traditional one too; I’ll make a mojito in a heartbeat over a G&T…but I am enjoying the glut of berries lately and trying them. Oh the experimentation is tough!

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19 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com August 2, 2013 at 1:59 pm

The perfect sip to enjoy on a Friday!! I’m so ready for the weekend now :D

Pinned!!
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20 Creative Culinary August 2, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I’m with you Kiran…exhausted and want to just sit and sip for a bit. Have a nice week and thanks for the pin!

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21 Abbe@This is How I Cook August 2, 2013 at 11:49 am

Love blueberry mojitos. And I think this will be tonight’s drink. After all we just bought a big bottle of rum last weekend. I’d hate to let it go to waste!
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22 Ansh | Spiceroots August 2, 2013 at 11:35 am

Just what I need today. You are a master mixologist! Oh and I have some cherries, want me to bring them ? (Hint . I get to drink the Mojito )
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23 Creative Culinary August 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Yes and yes, I could actually make one for you too!

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24 Holly August 2, 2013 at 11:03 am

Oh how pretty! Blue or not, this drink would be lovely at a baby shower. Maybe blue accents like napkins, straws and berries might make up for the fact that the drink is not blue itself? What a happy occasion!
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25 Creative Culinary August 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm

That’s why she wanted a blue drink; it’s actually a whale/tropical theme for a baby boy. Her friend has been waiting for years to hear the words, ‘We’ve found a baby for you’ so we’re all pretty excited.

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26 Kate | Food Babbles August 2, 2013 at 10:22 am

Mojitos are definitely in my top 3 favorite drinks. Love the addition of blueberries here and that key lime rum sounds like a wonderful addition. I’ll have to give this a try. Yum!

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27 Creative Culinary August 2, 2013 at 11:59 am

Do give Cruzan a try; I’ve been very impressed with the ones I’ve tried. The blueberries were so good…I mean now I really want to try cherries and even a different citrus…oh what I would give for a blood orange mojito!

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28 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen August 2, 2013 at 10:14 am

Loving your Blueberry Mojito cocktail, B! And, I need to pick up some Cruzan. Like you, I’m all about all-natural and detest artificially flavored spirits. All of those flavored vodkas kill me. They have an off taste, chemical-like. Cute stirrer/straw with the “blueberries”, too. Pretty photography in general out on the balcony! Can’t wait to see what you do with cherries and other summer fruits. Have a great weekend, my friend! xo

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29 Creative Culinary August 2, 2013 at 11:58 am

I’ve been very impressed Stacy; their attention to those quality details are important and it just tastes good…for a really decent price. Win win right?

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30 john@kitchenriffs August 2, 2013 at 10:09 am

I’m not really a fan of blue curacao (or blue food) either, but I’ll be using it later this month! ;-) Love the mojito – and love the drips on the straw! This looks like a fun drink – a nice change from the traditional mojito. Fun post – thanks.
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31 Creative Culinary August 2, 2013 at 11:57 am

I found a fun cocktail for Em from a friends suggestion so who knows; if it’s good you might just see it here too! Those drips John? That’s one of my very special glass straws, they have all sorts of drip colors!

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32 Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos August 2, 2013 at 9:55 am

And this is why I adore you – blueberries AND Cruzan – a perfect mix, IMO! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried other rums but Cruzan captured my heart about 2 years ago and while I do occasionally dance with the Captain, my heart is with Cruzan! Will have to try the key lime one!
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33 Creative Culinary August 2, 2013 at 11:56 am

If I’m honest I was a bit hesitant when they asked me to try their rum; the price point is almost too good for the rum to be isn’t it Aly? But I’ve been pleasantly surprised every time…hmm, wonder if I could get them to send me one of each? PARTY!! :)

BTW…thanks…lovely to be adored! XOXO

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34 Adri August 2, 2013 at 9:21 am

Yes, please! What a gorgeous drink!

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35 Creative Culinary August 2, 2013 at 11:51 am

Thanks so much Adri!

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36 Karen Harris August 2, 2013 at 6:08 am

There’s no such thing as blue food, not even purpleberries, uh, blueberries. I’m sorry that this didn’t work out to be the proper color because no doubt it tastes delicious. I have to admit that I also love a Blue Hawaii cocktail on occasion. So pass the curacao this way.
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37 Creative Culinary August 2, 2013 at 11:51 am

I know…and ever since I was asked to make a blue Selectric Typewriter cake back in the 80’s I’ve been extremely aware of just how disgusting it is! I’ve suggested the Blue Hawaii cocktail to Em; it fits her theme perfectly; thanks!

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38 Lori @ RecipeGirl August 2, 2013 at 5:24 am

This cocktail is completely fabulous. And gorgeous too!
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39 Creative Culinary August 2, 2013 at 11:50 am

Thanks Lori; I have to agree with you! I love a plain Jane mojito but the berries definitely took it up a notch in my book.

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40 Amy Malik August 2, 2013 at 4:58 am

We picked blueberries last Friday & I think we should celebrate the completion of marathon jam making sessions with these tonight!

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41 Creative Culinary August 2, 2013 at 11:49 am

I think that’s a perfect idea Amy!

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