Blackberry Mojitos are a spin on the classic Cuban Cocktail. This easy, refreshing drink takes minutes to make and is the perfect summer cocktail!
If I had to chose a favorite cocktail, it would be a Mojito.
Mojitos are a Cuban drink made traditionally from rum, mint, lime, sugar, and soda water.
And they are downright refreshing!
A touch of sugar brings out the freshness of the mint and lime juice, and the soda water adds a nice fizz to this classic cocktail.
While the classic mojitos are always great, these Blackberry Mojitos are one of my favorite spins on the original mojito recipe.
- Simple Syrup
- Fresh Mint Leaves
- Fresh Blackberries
- White Rum
- Club Soda/Seltzer Water
How To Make Simple Syrup
Simple syrup is simply sugar dissolved into water. It is the ideal way to sweeten drinks, such as mojitos, because it will easily mix into beverages without any grittiness.
To make simple syrup:
- Place equal parts sugar and water into a heavy bottomed saucepan.
- Bring mixture to a boil and whisk until sugar is dissolved.
- Turn off heat and allow the simple syrup to cool.
- Keep in tightly sealed jar in the fridge for 7-10 days.
You can use granulated sugar, honey, maple syrup, and even stevia–just be warned simple syrup made with artificial sweeteners is much sweeter than simple syrups made with granulated sugar or honey. And simple syrup made with maple syrup definitely has a maple taste to it.
How to Make a Mojito
Step One: Muddle Ingredients
- In a tall glass, place blackberries, mint, simple syrup, rum, and lime juice into the glass.
- Use the bottom of a wooden spoon to mash the ingredients together–this is called muddling.
- I find the mint and blackberries break up easier AFTER a bit of liquid has been added.
Step Two: Add Liquid
- Fill the glass with cubed ice.
- Slowly pour in seltzer water to fill the glass.
- Either gently mix to combine, or serve the Blackberry Mojito with an ombre effect (just add a stirrer to the mojito so people can mix as desired!)
What Alcohol is Best?
White or silver rum is traditional for Mojitos.
I personally opt for a white rum, such a Bacardi. You don’t want to use a spiced rum or flavored rum, as the flavor will overtake this simple Mojito.
Sugar Free Mojito
If you are looking to cut back on your sugars or carbs, I suggest omitting the simple syrup from your Mojito. I find that this Blackberry Mojito is delicious and refreshing completely sugar free.
However, if you would rather use an artificial sweeteners, such as Stevia, you can make a simple syrup in using the same method as traditional simple syrup. Just be warned that you should use less of the artificially sweetened simple syrup as it is a SO much sweeter than ones made with sugar or honey and you will want to use a fraction of the stevia sweetened simple syrup.
Avoiding alcohol? Or maybe you want to let the kids enjoy a refreshing mocktail?
Simply omit the rum from the Blackberry Mojito and enjoy to your heart’s content.
More Refreshing Beverages
- 1/4 cup fresh blackberries
- 4 fresh mint leaves
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1 1/2 ounces white rum such as Bacardi Superior
- Seltzer Water or Club Soda
- In a tall glass, add in blackberries, mint leaves, lime juice, rum, and simple syrup.
- Muddle the mixture together with bottom of a wooden spoon, breaking up the berries and crushing the mint.
- Fill the glass with cubed ice.
- Slowly top the glass with seltzer water or club soda.
- Adjust the amount of simple syrup to taste.
- Feel free to use lime flavored seltzer water for additional lime flavor.
- Omit the alcohol for a Virgin Mojito.