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Blueberry Mojitos

Well, it took it long enough, but summer finally got here. After a rainy spring and a cool June, August is finally starting to feel like the real deal.

The weather presents a unique challenge in the time of COVID. When it’s super rainy, it’s hard to get out. When it’s super hot, the things that used to be our respite–movie theatres, shopping malls–don’t feel safe. So cooling down can be a challenge.

Here in Vancouver, the outdoor pools have opened, with safety protocols, of course. You have to book your spot in advance, you have a specific time frame to visit the pool, and you’re only allowed to stay for 90 minutes. It’s a far cry from previous years where we’d basically go in the morning and stay all day. The few times we have been, however, have been really nice. Almost normal.

I’m drinking a lot of iced coffees and iced teas… and I’m grateful that my apartment always seems to have a breeze, so it’s fairly cool.

Blueberry Mojito

The mojito is the perfect summer drink for cooling yourself down. It has a combination of ingredients, but there’s always a base of lime and mint. You can make it with lots of different ingredients. I like a version done with cucumber, for even more cooling properties.

But when I recently came into a bounty of fresh, local blueberries, I knew I needed Blueberry Mojitos in my life.

What makes this one a bit more special is that it uses blueberries in two ways: first off, you muddle the fresh blueberries with the mint and lime, to infuse the flavour in that way. But after, you “float” (I use quotation marks there because the juice is actually heavy, and sinks to the bottom) blueberry juice into the finished mojito to create a really beautiful ombre effect.

All-in-all, it makes for a pretty sexy, summer-sipping, heat-beating patio drink.

Blueberry Mojitos

Ingredients:

  • 1-1½ oz rum (white works best, colour-wise, but really any will do)
  • 6-8 fresh blueberries
  • 6-8 mint leaves
  • 1/2 lime, cut in quarters
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz blueberry juice (I used Bremners)
  • soda water
  • ice

Method:

  1. In your cocktail shaker, place the mint leaves, blueberries and limes. Muddle together. Add the simple syrup and give it another bash.
  2. Add the rum and a handful of ice, and shake well until the outside of the cocktail shaker is frosted.
  3. Place a few extra ice cubes in a pretty glass, and strain the mojito into it.
  4. Carefully, pouring down the inside of the glass over a spoon, pour the blueberry juice. Top with sparkling water, garnish with a sprig of mint and a wheel of lime and enjoy.

Mint Mango Mojito

Well, it’s winter. I miss my flip-flops and patio season already.

But maybe, just maybe, in the middle of the 4 pm sunsets and continual rain, you can find kind of an inner summer–inner patio weather?

mint mango mojito

Or maybe… it’s just the alcohol making you happy. 😉

Either way, you could wait until summer to make this drink. But I encourage you to try it out this weekend (heck, even tonight) and just see if it doesn’t make you feel a little warmer.

Especially when drunk while sitting under your SAD light, and listening to Bob Marley.

mint mango mojito

Mint Mango Mojito

Ingredients:

  • one bunch fresh mint
  • 1.5 oz rum or vodka (it’s traditionally made with rum, but I sometimes like vodka)
  • 3 tbsp mango juice (bottled or freshly juiced/pureed)
  • ice
  • 1 tbsp mint simple syrup (make in advance and allow to cool)
  • club soda
  • fresh lime

 Method:

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add 5-6 mint leaves, along with a wedge (one quarter) of the lime. Muddle (just bash it up) in the bottom of the shaker with the end of a wooden spoon or a proper muddler.
  2. Next, add the simple syrup, the mango juice and rum or vodka to the shaker. Top with ice and shake well.
  3. Strain into a Collins Glass that has a few ice cubes in it. Top with club soda, and garnish with a sprig of mint.
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