Jorge likes to joke that I am a “Southern Hemisphere Drinker”. I love Rum and Tequila, but I tolerate vodka, gin and scotch/bourbon. Sometimes vodka is ok, but you would never see me ordering a Grey Goose Martini. I would need a bucketload of olives (blue cheese stuffed, please!) to choke it down.
But Rum? Well, I could write a love song about Rum. Mojitos are one of my favorite drinks and I love adding different flavors with juices or fresh fruit. Last weekend when I was in Georgia for a wedding, this adorable little bartender — who was rocking a yellow polka dot bowtie — started mixing up Pomegranate Mojitos.
Before I could even finish the first one, he would have another one in my hand. It was glorious. I asked him why his tasted so amazing and he told me that he likes to use real sugar instead of simple syrup and fresh pomegranate juice. So with all those blueberries we picked, I figured I could recreate that same amazing flavor in my own kitchen.
I used my favorite Bacardi Superior Rum to make these, but you could use any clear rum you prefer. Personally I love Bacardi for the taste and price, but also because I have gotten the chance to visit the factory in Puerto Rico more than once.
The first time I made these, my blueberries turned the drink purple. This time, they are so much more blue. It doesn’t matter what color it comes out – it all tastes the same! Cheers!
Notes: If you have an issue with fruit skins (though it should be very minimal from the spin in the food processor) just strain your puréed blueberries through a sieve. Also, as I stated above the color can vary. If you want an electric blue drink, you can always add a drop of blue food coloring.
Yield: 2 mojitos
Recipe Note: If you do not feel like pureeing your blueberries, just add them to the shaker and smash them with your muddler. It's faster, just not as pretty of an end result.
1 cup fresh blueberries, plus extra for garnish
4 oz clear rum
10 fresh mint leaves
2 teaspoons sugar
juice of 2 limes
6 oz club soda
In a food processor or blender, puree blueberries until smooth. Set aside.
Add mint leaves and sugar to a cocktail shaker. Use a muddler (or the end of a wooden spoon) to muddle the mint and sugar. Add the lime juice, rum and pureed blueberries: shake vigorously.
Pour ice and club soda into two tall glasses and then pour in rum mixture. Gently stir. Garnish with a lime wedge, extra blueberries and a sprig of mint. Serve immediately.
**Just FYI, this post is not sponsored in any way by Bacardi. As I said above, I just love their rums!**