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!
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.
I 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!
- 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
- Put blueberries and simple syrup into a blender and mix until all solids are liquified.
- Pour into a cocktail shaker and add rum. Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously until shaker is ice cold.
- 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.
- Fill the glass with ice, pour the berry and rum mixture into the glass and stir well.
- 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.