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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.
Servings 1 cocktail


  • 6 large blackberries
  • 3 basil leaves torn
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • Sparkling water
  • Ice


  • 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.