Blackberry & Basil Mojito
Mojitos are wonderfully popular during summer. The drinks combination of sweetness, citrus and herb is intended to complement the rum.
Let’s kick it up a notch and drive seasonality by adding fresh blackberry juice and replacing mint with basil to create a refreshing and refined tasting cocktail.
For added blackberry flavor be liberal and juice extra berries to achieve a deeper taste.
Recipe note: during step 2 of muddling, you are releasing the flavor of the basil and combining it with the remaining ingredients. Operate gently, don’t pulverize the leaves.
- 6 large blackberries
- 3 basil leaves torn
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 2 ounces white rum
- Sparkling water
Muddle the blackberries and strain the juice into a tumbler. Be sure to get as much juice from the berries as possible. Discard the flesh and seeds.
Add basil, sugar and lime into the tumbler and softly muddle the ingredients together.
Add rum into the tumbler and shake to combine.
Fill a glass with ice. Pour cocktail into a serving glass and top with sparkling water.
Garnish with a sprig of basil and/or a single blackberry and serve.