Here’s a little extra special edition Saturday post for you! If you are lucky like me and have a black raspberry patch in your back yard, go pick some! We’re going to make Black Raspberry Mojitos today!
If you are really lucky, then you also have a small mint patch. Or maybe you’re more like me and you have a huge mint patch:
Maybe you have neither and before you head out to the farmers’ market or grocery this morning, you need to jot down this ingredient list:
1 or 2 pints black raspberries
1 bunch mint
rum (preferably the clear kind)
Now, when you get home from the market or grocery, you are going to make yourself the most awesome drink ever: a Black Raspberry Mojito.
Step one is to make your black raspberry simple syrup, so add your berries, about a cup of sugar, and about a quarter cup of water in a small sauce pan and set it on medium heat. Stir it and mash it to break up all the berries, and after all the sugar dissolves, you should have something that looks like this:
You’ll want to let it cool back down to room temperature before you use it, otherwise it will just melt all your ice. Once your syrup is cooled and ready, it’s time to start making your drink!
First, juice half of a lime into your favorite mojito glass and add about 12-15 mint leaves. Don’t cut them with a knife at all, just tear them off the stem. You can also rip them in half once as you toss them in the glass on top of the lime juice. Now it is time to muddle your mint. Basically you are just bruising it with some type of wooden implement to release its essentail oils into the lime juice.
Next, fill your glass with ice and then add two big spoonfuls of your berry syrup mixture, about 1 1/2 ounces rum (or as much as you see fit!) and top of the glass with a splash of club soda. Stick a straw in the glass and give your drink a good stir. Add a mint sprig for garnish and…
…there you have it: Black Raspberry Mojitos. Now, sit back, enjoy and forget what ever else you had to do for the day because once you start sipping on this, it’ll be the only thing you want to do!