These refreshing blueberry mojitos are the perfect rum cocktail for a warm summer night. The same mint, lime and white rum base as a regular mojito with a fruity blueberry twist. Easy to make with basic ingredients. Make one or two cocktails at a time or enough for a crowd.
Why this is the best blueberry mojito recipe:
- Blueberry simple syrup. These blueberry mojitos use syrup made from fresh blueberries rather than mashing the blueberries into the cocktail itself. Although mashed blueberries sounds like a good idea, it doesn’t work as well in cocktails. Blueberry syrup gives a stronger blueberry taste, and gives the mojito a smoother consistency since there are no small blueberry pieces in the drink.
- Easy to make for one or for a crowd. Using blueberry syrup actually means it’s faster to make this drink. You can easily make a handful of drinks for a group in under ten minutes, or just one drink in less than 5 minutes.
- Not too sugary, not too strong. These mojitos have the perfect balance of flavors. You can taste the strong fizzy blueberry flavor, with the fresh mint and just a slight taste of rum.
- It makes a great mocktail. For those who want a non-alcoholic version, this is a perfect drink to turn into a mocktail. See below for more details.
How to make the blueberry simple syrup:
For full, detailed instructions, storage info and other uses for leftover syrup, read the full blueberry simple syrup recipe.
To make the blueberry syrup, heat 1 cup of fresh blueberries, ½ cup granulated sugar and ½ cup water on a saucepan over medium to high heat. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally. As the blueberries heat up, use a fork to mash the blueberries so they burst, releasing their juices. Continue to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the syrup from the heat and strain it through a fine mesh sieve to remove the blueberry chunks. Let the syrup cool to room temperature before using.
- Mint Leaves: Every mojito has to have mint! Use only fresh mint leaves— dried mint will not work.
- Blueberry Simple Syrup: This syrup will add a strong, concentrated blueberry flavor. It is really easy to make yourself, but if you prefer, you can use a store bought blueberry simple syrup, but it may not have exactly the same taste.
- Lime Juice: Use freshly squeezed lime juice! The artificial lime juice doesn’t have the same fresh lime zing that makes a mojito so tasty.
- Rum: Any white rum that you have will work. If you have a favorite, use that.
How to make a blueberry mojito mocktail:
Turning these blueberry mojitos into a mocktail mojitos is easy. Remove the rum, and instead add an extra ½ ounce of lime juice, 1 teaspoon of blueberry syrup and 2 oz of club soda. Make the drink following all the same steps.
- Use mojito mint. Did you know there are actually many different types of mint? The best mint for this recipe is mojito mint, which smells exactly like a mojito. If you are buying mint at the grocery store, you may only have one option, and that’s ok —that mint will do fine for these drinks. However, if you are looking to make the best mojitos try buying a small mojito mint plant for the freshest leaves.
- Strain the cocktail well. After shaking the drink in the cocktail shaker, make sure to drain out the drink really well. Sometimes the ice and mint leaves can clog the strainer on top of the cocktail mixer and you lose some of the drink inside the shaker.
- Serve with fresh ice. After you shake the drink in a cocktail shaker, strain out the ice and serve the mojito in a glass with fresh ice cubes. Never use the ice you used in the cocktail shaker as this ice is broken down and will water down your drink quickly.
- Use a wooden spoon to muddle the mint if you don’t have a muddler. You don’t need to go out and buy a muddler if you don’t already have one. Just use a wooden spoon to gently press out the mint juices into the rum and syrup.
- 1 oz = 2 tablespoon = ⅛ cup. If you’re not familiar with measuring drinks in ounces, that’s ok! Most cocktail recipes are listed in ounces, but you can easily convert these to tablespoons or cups and use the measurement and measuring tool you are comfortable with.