Blueberry Basil Mojitos

What’s better on a hot summer day than a refreshing cocktail? As you know, Scott and I like to use fresh ingredients from our backyard garden to create new recipes. We currently have an abundance of basil, so I decided to make a basil mojito, instead of using the traditional mint. Our thoughtful, generous neighbors went blueberry picking in New Jersey last week and brought us back a 10 pound box of blueberries. Yes, you read that correctly – 10 pounds! So, here’s our latest invention: the blueberry basil mojito!

This is what 10 pounds of blueberries looks like!

Since our neighbors gave us the blueberries, we knew we’d have to make some extra cocktails to share. We created a recipe for one drink and another for a crowd.

Blueberry Basil Mojito for One

What you’ll need:
¼ lime
1.5 shots of white rum
2 TB simple syrup
½ cup blueberries
4-6 basil leaves
Splash of club soda

Grab a cocktail shaker. Squeeze the lime into the shaker. Cut the lime into 4 pieces and put them in the shaker. Add the blueberries, basil, and simple syrup to the shaker. Muddle the ingredients together in the shaker. Don’t have a muddler? No problem! You can use the back of a wooden spoon, like me! Add a few ice cubes and the rum to the shaker and shake vigorously. Add some ice to a rock glass. Strain the contents of the shaker into the glass. Add a splash of club soda. Garnish with a few blueberries and a basil leaf. Enjoy!

Blueberry Basil Mojitos for a Crowd

What you’ll need:
1 lime
1 cup of white rum (a little over 5 shots)
1/2 cup simple syrup
2 cups blueberries
16-20 basil leaves
1 cup club soda

Add the blueberries, basil, and simple syrup to a pitcher. Cut the lime into six slices, squeeze the lime juice into a pitcher, and add the lime pieces to the pitcher. Muddle all ingredients together. Add the rum and stir. Pour through a slotted spoon into four glasses filled with ice. Add the club soda and stir gently. Garnish with a few blueberries and a basil leaf. Enjoy!

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