USA! USA! Mix up a Red, White and Blue Mojito for all the patriotic holidays ahead this summer! Rum, berries, mint and lime make for the best firework-watching beverage.
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It’s time for a three-day weekend! Memorial Day is the day in which we remember our veterans and our brave soldiers who died in active military service.
It’s such a harrowing day, and a time to be pensive and thoughtful and appreciative. What a sacrifice.
But it also marks the advent of summer, which we celebrate with cookouts, picnics and barbecues.
It’s a time to be with family and friends, and celebrate our country together.
I can’t wait to kick off the season with a much-needed day off work.
I’ll be relaxing outside with a Red, White and Blue Mojito.
Featuring rum, lime, mint and red and blue berries, this cocktail can be enjoyed all summer, but its patriotic colors make it perfect for holidays like Memorial Day and July 4.
I like to make mine with fresh berries from the local farmers market and mint from my herb garden.
How to make a berry mojito
First you will want to make a batch of simple syrup. You can also use plain ol’ sugar, but it will take a little longer to mix into the liquids.
You will also need to pick out some rum. Go for a light or silver rum, like Cruzan or Bacardi. Here’s a rum guide if you want to learn more about it!
You’ll need a muddler, to help you get the flavors of the citrus, berries and mint infused into your drink.
And, as I do with my favorite lemon-lime mojito recipe, I also sneak in a little lemon juice for added flavor. I find this berry version quite succulent and refreshing and the citrus helps bring out their sweetness!
You can also try my classic Mojito Recipe and muddle in a few berries, skipping the lemon altogether. Either way would be great!
Berries for a patriotic mojito
This is an all natural patriotic mojito, with no artificial colors. (Though if you’re looking for a bright blue drink, look no further than these Frozen Blue Margaritas.)
You will want to use at least one type of red berry and one type that’s blue to make this a red, white and blue mojito.
Try these berries in your drinks — any combo would be delicious! I used strawberries, blackberries and blueberries in the ones pictured here.
(The “white” part will come from your ice and lime juice!)
More Patriotic recipes
If you need more patriotic recipes, I highly recommend these Patriotic Prosecco Popsicles! So good!
These Sparkling Balsamic Mocktails make for a fantastic alcohol-free beverage to serve up.
And Cheerwine Bourbon Slushies will always make for a good time, especially on a hot summer day by the pool!
No matter what you’re drinking, be sure to raise your glass to honor of our fallen soldiers. This is their day, and we need to celebrate them. // susannah
- 1 ounce lime juice (approx. 1 lime)
- 1 ounce lemon juice (approx. 1/2 lemon)
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 8-10 mint leaves
- 3-4 sliced strawberries
- 10-15 blueberries
- 2 ounces white rum
- club soda
- In a highball glass, add half the berries, lime juice, lemon juice, mint leaves and sugar. For a stronger citrus taste, add some of the lemon and lime rinds as well.
- Using a muddle stick, mash the mint, berries and sugar to release the berries' juices and the mint oils, and to dissolve the sugar into the citrus juice.
- Add rum and a generous amount of ice. Top with club soda.
- Garnish the glasses with fresh mint sprigs, slices of lime or a skewer of berries. Add additional club soda to glasses if you’d prefer a lighter drink.
You can substitute 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar if you prefer.
Adapted from Fashionably Bombed's 4th of July Mojito
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 226Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 46mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 10gSugar: 7gProtein: 5g