Blueberry Mojitos combine fresh blueberry juice, a touch of sugar, muddled mint leaves, freshly squeezed limes, rum, and club soda. Make up a large batch of these cocktails for all the summer parties!
Blueberry Mint Mojitos
It’s summertime and that means we’re heating up here in Texas. After a cool spring, we’re actually looking forward to a little heat so the pool is warm enough to swim in. Warm days, humid evenings, and maybe a little breeze now and then. Sounds good, right?
Weekend patio time is one of our empty nesting hobbies, so whipping up a great cocktail is key. Now that I’ve got a fresh mint plant in our little mini garden, I’m ready for all the mojitos. So grab a bunch of blueberries, limes, mint, and let’s get this party started.
These blueberry mojitos are so many things.
- Lightly sweetened
- A bit tart
- Perfectly minty
- With a lovely blueberry flavor.
Ingredients needed for blueberry mojitos:
- Blueberries – You’ll need two cups of fresh blueberries for this recipe. Try to find big and plump berries for best results.
- Sugar – Some sugar is added to the blueberries when cooking them down PLUS an extra sprinkle (about 2 teaspoons) for muddling the fresh mint.
- Lemon – Just a squeeze on the blueberries while cooking, for freshness.
- Rum – I use a good quality light Rum (like Bacardi) for these mojitos. Feel free to use what you have on hand though, as long as it is a light rum.
- Limes – You’ll need about 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice. I recommend buying 6-7 limes so you have extra for garnish as well.
- Club Soda – I like the Fever Tree brand best.
- Mint – Fresh mint is the key to delicious mojitos. Make sure they are bright green (with no browning). If it’s summertime, I recommend planting some in a pot or in your garden.
- Extra Simple Syrup – Optional. I keep a small jar of simple syrup in my refrigerator for those that like their cocktails on the sweeter side.
How to make the best blueberry mojitos:
- Cook blueberries. Use a medium saucepan and combine the blueberries, sugar, and a squeeze of lemon (for freshness). Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, using a potato masher (or wooden spoon) to break the berries open as they cook.
- Strain blueberry mixture. Use a fine mesh strainer and place over a bowl or measuring cup. Spoon the blueberry syrup into the strainer and use a spoon to pack the blueberries down. You want to get as much juice as possible out of the blueberries. Chill the blueberry juice and save the blueberry pulp, if desired. You can add the pulp to yogurt!
- Muddle the mint leaves. Place the mint leaves, freshly squeezed lime juice, and a couple tablespoons of sugar into a pitcher. Use a muddler and muddle the mint leaves so that the leaves break down and the flavor releases.
- Combine cocktails. To the pitcher, add the chilled blueberry juice and the club soda. Stir to mix well. I usually add lime slices and additional fresh blueberries to the pitcher and chill until party time.
- Add garnish. To serving glasses filled with ice, pour blueberry mojitos. Add extra lime slices, blueberries, and sprigs of fresh mint.
- Prep in advance. When you’re making cocktails for more than just you, it’s important to prep to make sure you have everything planned out. You can make this one in advance without a problem, but some drinks will require some last minute prep.
- Use fresh ingredients. For this recipe, make sure you use plump blueberries. Mine were perfectly big and juicy so they provided a super sweet syrup. It’s also important to always keep fresh citrus on hand (like lemons and limes) because they are used so often.
- Focus on presentation. Use some nice glasses for cocktails. None of those red solo cups, ya’ll! I love to keep a variety of mason jars because they are so versatile. You also can’t go wrong by shopping at Crate and Barrel or Pottery Barn for super cute glasses!
- Garnish. Now that I’m a food and cocktail blogger, I’m all about the garnishes. Wedges of lemons, limes, oranges, strawberries, sprigs of mint, as well as salt and sugar rims are key. The sky is the limit here!
Party Snacks you should make!
- 2 cups blueberries
- 1/4 cup sugar – plus a sprinkle
- 1/2 medium lemon – freshly squeezed
- 12 oz. light rum
- 4 oz. lime juice – freshly squeezed
- 6 oz. club soda
- 3/4 – 1 cup mint leaves
- simple syrup – optional (for extra sweetener)
- In a medium saucepan, combine blueberries, sugar, and freshly squeezed lemon. Cook over medium heat, using a potato masher to smash the blueberries. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Remove pan, and strain the juice from the berry pulp, making sure you catch all the juices in a bowl. Place in the freezer to cool quickly, or refrigerate if time.
- In a pitcher, combine the mint leaves, lime juice, and a sprinkle of sugar. Muddle the leaves for a minute or two, allowing the mint to break down.
- To the pitcher, add the chilled blueberry juice (not the pulp), the light rum, and the club soda. Stir well.
- Add lime wedges to the pitcher of mojitos, along with some fresh blueberries, if desired.
- Serve the mojitos in glasses with ice. Add a few extra blueberries and some fresh mint for garnish. Enjoy!