My that does look yummalicious doesn’t it…if I say so myself! I’m sure purists would decry my calling this a Mojito; after all there is no rum. Still, I think Mojito purists would be much more laid back than Martini purists who shout the loudest if the world Martini is affixed to any spirits other than gin and vermouth…such a travesty of Martinidom! I had considered Raspberry Martini Mojito or maybe Raspberry Marjito…or how about a Raspberry Motini but those names do nothing to convey the beautiful bounty in that glass…gosh this gets complicated so Raspberry Vodka Mojito it is!!
So let’s keep it simple enough; I used Van Gogh Raspberry Vodka; the name slid off of my tongue easily enough and beyond the vodka; the other ingredients are quite comfortable in Mojito world.
I’ve always had a mint plant in my garden; the secret to enjoying mint without having it take over is to plant it in a large container that you then sink into the ground. Before I moved I had a plant that had flourished for 20 years in a 5-gallon paint bucket that was put into a hole the same size. If runners tried to take root where the plant touched the ground they were easy enough to remove but it simply could not send out shoots from underground and take over an entire garden.
I think my main purpose for mint was Mojitos even before I knew they existed! I love the basic flavoring of a Mojito even beyond the rum component. Lime, mint, simple syrup and sparkling water alone would make a refreshing non alcoholic beverage and I have indeed served them to friends who are choosing to not imbibe. Add some raspberries and it just gets better. Add some Van Gogh Raspberry Vodka? Oh yeah.
Van Gogh Raspberry Vodka is hand-crafted, using only natural ingredients which insures that it actually tastes and smells exactly like fresh wild raspberries; perfect to compliment cocktails using fresh fruit. It simply can not be left unsaid either…they have the most gorgeous bottle designs; they are like a piece of art!
Mojitos are muddled (basically a new-fangled word for mashed); the mint leaves, simple syrup and fruits (normally just lime slices) are put in the bottom of a Collins glass and the mashing together releases their natural oils and juice. In this rendition, raspberries are included in the muddling, vodka is added to the those ingredients, fresh lime slices are layered with ice and then everything is topped off with lime sparkling water (I’m in love with Perrier Lime). Although I used raspberries today, the Mojito is a great cocktail for the seasonal bounty of fruits. I’ve done them with strawberries and blackberries and this year I’m going to try some peaches later in the summer.
It’s cool, it’s pretty, it’s damn tasty and on a warm summer afternoon I do believe it’s just what the doctor ordered!
Raspberry Vodka Mojito
Light and refreshing, this cocktail is the epitome of summer drinking.
- 4 large fresh mint leaves
- 6-8 fresh raspberries
- 4 slices of lime
- 3-4 Tbsp simple syrup depending on your taste (bring equal parts water and sugar to boil just until sugar dissolves; remove from heat and let cool)
- 2-oz raspberry vodka
- Lime Sparkling water or Club soda (approx 6-oz)
- Mint and raspberries for garnish
- In a tall thin glass, muddle together mint leaves, raspberries, one lime slice and simple syrup until all ingredients are mixed together and release their fragrance..
- Add vodka and stir well.
- Fill glass 1/3 full with ice; squeeze lime slice over glass and drop into glass. Repeat til glass is full of ice and layered with lime.
- Top off the glass with lime sparkling water or club soda and stir (I didn't stir for the photos because I thought it looked pretty but you should!).
- Garnish with fresh berries and a sprig of fresh mint before serving.
I was given a sample of the Van Gogh Vodka to create this cocktail however all commentary is my own.