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!
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:
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 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!