Aug 252013
 

Happy Birthday to me! Yep, yesterday was the day that I officially became closer to 30 than I am to 20. Since 26 sounds like such an adult age to me, I thought what better way to celebrate than by making a delicious adult beverage?IMG_6651Like any good foodie’s birthday should be, mine was a weekend full of amazing food.  It began on Friday with a 20+ course meal at Blue Hill at Stone Barns (best meal of my life) where everything we ate came directly from the farm.  Then Saturday consisted of a blueberry mojito pregame followed by a great tapas dinner at ABC Cocina.  In case that wasn’t enough, Sunday included a brunch at Back Forty with all my girl friends, one of which being Erica of ericasweettooth.com.  Needless to say, she did not come empty handed, but brought a cake made of stacked peanut-butter-banana cookies with chocolate and toffee chips, caramel frosting, and caramelized banana topping.  Gotta say this might have been one of the best birthdays yet!  I am one lucky girl :)

ImageSo back to the mojitos.  They were AMAZING.  I’m not going to give nutritional highlights, because hey, we all know booze isn’t the best for you, but I will say that integrating fresh fruit into your cocktails (like blueberries and limes) and sticking with mostly soda water as the mixer does cut back on the sugar and calories significantly.  I definitely recommend trying these out for your labor day celebrations.

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Fresh Blueberry Mojitos
for 1 pitcher with about 6 servings
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What’s in it:

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 6 limes
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups white rum (depending on how festive you’re feeling)
  • 3 to 4 cups soda water
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves, plus a few extras to garnish each glass

How to make it:

  1. Start by making your blueberry simple syrup.  Do this earlier in the day so it has time to cool.  In a small saucepan, add sugar and water and bring to a simmer.  Stir until sugar dissolves completely.
  2. Transfer the syrup to a blender and add 1 cup of the fresh blueberries.  Pulse until blueberries are mostly blended but still a little chunky.  Transfer blueberry syrup to a jar or tupperware and refrigerate.
  3. When you’re ready to make the cocktails, juice 5 of the limes into the bottom of the pitcher.  Cut the 6th lime into wedges or rounds to garnish your glasses with.
  4. Add 1/2 cup mint leaves and 1/2 cup fresh blueberries and muddle using a pestle of another blunt object you can come up with.  This will release all that great mint flavor and crush the blueberries.
  5. Then add 1/2 to 1 cup of the blueberry simple syrup (depending on how sweet you like it), the rum, and soda water.  Stir.
  6. In each glass, put a few ice cubes, mint leaves, and fresh blueberries in the bottom and a lime wedge on the rim.  Pour the mojito mixture into the glasses and enjoy!

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  5 Responses to “Blueberry Mint Mojitos”

  1. Okay…those look refreshing! Have to try! And where is the recipe for the cookie cake??? That looks mighty awesome, too!

    Lucky you…and what a great birthday!

  2. Lovely cocktail!

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