Cool down with a refreshing Blueberry Mojito. Made with fresh mint and berries, this sweet, minty drink is perfect for summertime.
The Blueberry Mojito might just be your new favorite cocktail. It’s been so hot here in North Carolina lately, and this cool drink does wonders to help beat the heat.
This fruity take on the timeless mojito cocktail is a true sensory delight. Bursting with zest, tartness, and freshness, it exudes a captivating flavor from juicy blueberries, cool mint and tangy lime.
Not only does this mojito tickle your taste buds with its rich blueberry essence, but it’s a feast for the eyes. The bright violet hue from the blueberries beautifully blends plus the vibrant green mint leaves creates a visually stunning cocktail you won’t soon forget.
The Blueberry Mojito is guaranteed to please any crowd, making your summer gatherings unforgettable. Everyone is going to want seconds!
Why you’ll love this recipe
This recipe might become your new favorite because…
- It bursts with flavor thanks to the delightful combination of fresh mint, tangy blueberries, zingy lime juice and a hint of sugar from simple syrup.
- This easy recipe is perfect for both novice and experienced home bartenders.During the scorching summer months, the coolness of the mint contributes to a refreshing and thirst-quenching beverage.
- Whether you’re hosting a cookout, lounging on the beach or enjoying a relaxing evening at home, this cocktail adds elegance and beauty to any setting.
What is a mojito?
The classic mojito is a delicious cocktail featuring rum, sugar, lime juice, fresh mint leaves and a splash of soda.
It’s a refreshing drink that strikes a perfect balance between sweet, sour and herbal. Its flavor can be easily customized using flavored simple syrups or muddling other fruits, just as we do in this refreshing blueberry mojito.
Mojitos are originally from Cuba, although their exact origin remains uncertain. According to Difford’s Guide, a version of the recipe can be traced back to 1586 when Sir Francis Drake “visited” Cuba. Although he failed to steal gold, he left behind a recipe for a crude concoction made with rum, sugar, lime, and mint.
Today, the mojito is a beloved staple at bars, brunches, parties, weddings and girls’ nights, making it the perfect summer refresher.
Tools & glassware
To make a mojito, you’ll need a good muddler, which is a stick-shaped tool used to mash fruits and herbs together. If you don’t have one, you can use the end of a wooden spoon.
There are two ways to make this cocktail:
- You can prepare the cocktail directly in the glass. This will mean you have some sediment from the berries and mint at the bottom of the glass. I don’t mind this, but you might!
- So if you prefer a smoother drink without bits of blueberry seeds and herbs floating around, you can make the cocktail in a shaker or mixing glass and strain it into a cocktail glass using a small fine-mesh strainer.
Serve your Blueberry Mojito in a highball glass, a slender, tall glass that perfectly showcases the vibrant color of this drink.
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The Blueberry Mojito is a simple cocktail that requires just a few fresh ingredients from the supermarket and liquor store. Here’s what you’ll need:
Let’s start with the star ingredient — muddled blueberries! Adding sweet blueberries to the classic mojito recipe introduces a fruity twist.
Opt for the freshest, juiciest blueberries you can find, preferably from the farmers’ market, to support local growers, especially during the summer months when blueberries are at their prime. These will provide the most flavorful blueberry juice.
If fresh blueberries aren’t available, you can use frozen ones, but remember to thaw them before muddling. This is an excellent option if you crave a blueberry mojito during the off-season.
Mint is the heart and soul of the mojito, so make sure you don’t skimp on it. You can typically find fresh mint in the produce section of most grocery stores. (I love growing it in my cocktail herb garden — mojitos happen regularly here!)
Fresh mint is often packaged in clear, plastic clamshell boxes, containing just a few sprigs. If you plan to make multiple mojitos (and perhaps some mint juleps too), check if your store offers larger bundles of mint. If they carry it, you’ll most likely find it near the salad greens.
Next up is the sweet element. I recommend making your own simple syrup. My recipe takes under 10 minutes and requires only two ingredients, water and granulated sugar, making it more cost-effective than store-bought alternatives.
If you desire a stronger mint flavor, you can make mint-infused simple syrup by adding 1-2 sprigs of mint after boiling and letting it steep while cooling. Remember to remove the leaves before storing the mint syrup.
You can also use pure cane sugar in your mojito, but it will take longer to dissolve, and you’ll need to put in a little more effort while muddling.
Lime juice is crucial for a mojito, and using juice from fresh limes is ideal. Alternatively, you can muddle lime wedges instead of lime juice, but you’ll need to remove the spent shells later, which can get messy. Therefore, juiced lime is my preferred method.
While store-bought lime juice is convenient, it’s not the best choice for a mojito where tart lime is a key player. Lime juice concentrate tends to be more sour than sweet, which can overpower the cocktail. Instead, see if your grocery store sells pre-squeezed, fresh lime juice.
Using freshly squeezed lime juice will enhance the flavor, so I recommend juicing some limes if you have the time. A citrus squeezer or electric citrus juicer can make the task easier, especially if you plan to make multiple cocktails.
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Adding a touch of effervescence with soda water gives your drink a lighter body and more volume. You don’t need to add a significant amount, just enough to fill the glass
While this step is optional, it provides a refreshing brightness to the mojito, accentuating its invigorating taste.
Avoid using lemon-lime soda or ginger ale, as they are overly sweet. Stick to seltzer water for the best results.
The traditional mojito calls for rum as its alcoholic base. Opt for white rum, (AKA silver rum and light rum), as it pairs perfectly with this cocktail. Dark rum, such as gold rum or spiced rum, can add too much color but is still suitable if you prefer its flavor.
White rum is light, crisp, and ideal for mixing into drinks like Rum & Coke and the mojito.
While Bacardi is the most popular brand of silver rum, another excellent choice for this perfect summer drink is Mount Gay.
Variations and substitutions
Here are a few ways you can explore new flavors and variations with these summer cocktails:
Blueberry basil mojito: Try substituting mint with basil to create a delicious twist on this drink. You can use basil syrup or muddle fresh basil leaves for added flavor.
Non-alcoholic mojito: Transform this into a virgin mojito by substituting the rum with a zero-proof spirit like Ritual rum alternative. Alternatively, you can simply omit the alcohol altogether and still enjoy delicious blueberry mojito mocktails.
Frozen blueberry mojito: For a frozen treat, blend all the ingredients with 2 cups of ice to create a refreshing frozen blueberry mojito.
How to make a Blueberry Mojito
This delightful, fresh Blueberry Mojito recipe is incredibly simple to prepare. Here’s what you need to do:
Place approximately 15 blueberries and 8-10 mint leaves in a highball glass, along with the lime juice and simple syrup.
Use a muddler to gently mash and release the mint oils and the juices from the blueberries.
Fill the glass all the way with ice cubes. Add the white rum and top it off with club soda.
Garnish the drink with a straw, extra blueberries, a lime wedge (or lime wheel or lime slice) and a sprig of mint.
No muddler? You can use the blunt end of a wooden spoon (or even a regular metal spoon) to achieve a similar effect. Apply enough pressure to release the essential oils and juices from the mint leaves and berries.
Tips & tricks
Here are a few tricks to making this an even better blueberry cocktail:
- Whenever possible, use fresh blueberries for the best flavor. In winter, frozen berries can still offer an excellent taste. Another option is to use blueberry syrup.
- If you don’t have a cocktail muddler, a wooden spoon’s blunt end can be a suitable alternative.
- If you prefer a smoother cocktail without fruit bits, consider making the drink in a cocktail shaker, mason jar or mixing glass and then straining it into your serving glass.
What to serve with a Blueberry Mojito
A blueberry mojito is the perfect cocktail to pair well with a variety of fruity dishes. Here are a few suggestions:
Try serving it alongside anything citrus, like margarita bars or lemon cookies.
And anything blueberry would also be so delicious. Try it with a mixed berry cobbler or blueberry coffee cake.
A blueberry mojito is made with blueberries, mint leaves, simple syrup or sugar, lime juice, white rum and club soda. It can be garnished with more blueberries and a mint sprig.
White rum, also known as silver rum, is the ideal choice for making mojitos. Its clear color provides a blank slate for the mint and lime flavors to shine through.
The virgin mojito is the non-alcoholic version of the mojito cocktail. It can be made without any alcohol or by using a zero-proof spirit that mimics the taste of rum.
More mojito recipes
If you’re looking to try more refreshing mojito variations, here are a few additional recipes to explore:
- 15-20 blueberries, plus more for garnish
- 8-10 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 2 ounces white rum
- 2 ounces club soda
- lime wedge, for garnish
- In a collins glass or highball glass, add the blueberries, mint leaves and simple syrup.
- Muddle together to release the oils of the mint leaves and the juices of the berries. (See note for an alternate method.)
- Top with ice, filling the glass all the way.
- Add the lime juice and rum. Top with club soda.
- Garnish with a straw, lime wedge and a mint sprig.
When muddled, the berries do leave behind some pulp and seeds. If you prefer a clearer drink without texture, do this instead: Muddle the berries, mint and syrup in a cocktail shaker or mixing glass. Top with lime juice and rum. Then use a strainer to pour the mixture into a glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and garnish.
If you don't have a muddler, you can use the blunt handle of a wooden spoon.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 248Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 36mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 8gSugar: 16gProtein: 4g