Today’s recipe is a delicious blueberry lavender mojito. Promising, right? Yes, this mojito is made with fresh blueberries, muddled with homemade lavender syrup. It’s the perfect concoction for a hot summer afternoon… and also as the signature cocktail for a spring or summer wedding, a christening, or a baby shower.
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This is the first mojito recipe I post on this blog and I must warn you: many will come. I work for Ron Santa Teresa, the oldest Ron de Venezuela producer, so it’s natural for me to be mixing and shaking rum-based cocktails. This is also my first post here on this blog, so I just want to tell you: mi casa es tu casa.
Garden to Bar Mixology
This is a super refreshing drink and therefore it’s perfect for these hot summer days. I found the recipe in Market Fresh Mixology – Cocktails for Every Season, a book by Bridget Albert and Mary Barranco. In fact, I bought the book for this particular recipe. And then I went out to buy organic dried lavender flowers, to make my lavender syrup.
This book came to me after a wonderful weekend in New York, where I had the opportunity to visit some of the best bars I’ve been to. There, I could see how the mixologists are working more and more with their own syrups. So, I started experimenting with vanilla, mint, and lavender. On the lavender syrup, I must say that it is simply and absolutely sublime.
A Rum that Tastes Like Rum
In this opportunity, I used Santa Teresa Claro, a rum that holds the seal Controlled Appellation of Origin Ron de Venezuela. According to Giuseppe González, who’s the mixologist at Painkiller, a trendy tiki bar in lower Manhattan, “this is a rum that tastes like rum, not vodka.”
Claro was created especially to make mojitos and daiquiris. Heavy rums give Claro its character and permanence. They also give it the aromas and flavors that make Claro the ideal rum to mix in all kinds of cocktails.
How to make Blueberry & Lavender Mojito
In addition to a good rum, blueberries, lemons, and spearmint, to make this mojito, the lavender syrup is key. Here you will find the recipe to make it.
You will also need some utensils, including:
- Wooden cutting board
- Paring knife
- Boston shaker or even better, a bartender tool kit
- Highball glasses
- Stainless steel straws
Blueberry-Lavender Mojito Recipe
Blueberry and Lavender Mojito
- 15 spearmint leaves
- 1½ oz. lavender syrup
- 1 oz. lemon juice, fresh
- 20 fresh blueberries
- 1½ oz. Ron de Venezuela Santa Teresa Claro
- Club soda or sparkling water
- 1 sprig of mint to garnish
- 1 blueberry skewer to garnish
- In a Boston cocktail shaker, with a mojito pestle, muddle the blueberries, mint lavender syrup, and lemon juice.
- Add the rum and plenty of ice.
- Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.
- Fill a tall glass with crushed ice.
- Strain with a fine sieve and pour over the glass with ice.
- Complete with soda or sparklin water.
- Decorate with a spearmint sprig and a blueberry skewer.
- Serve with a straw.