May 2, 2022

Big City Blueberry Mojito

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Allie Albanese

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Allie Albanese

Cherished Big Apple memories add a special touch to this refreshing Blueberry Mojito recipe that you’re bound to make over and over again during the summer months ahead!

Two bright pinkish-purple Blueberry Mojitos displayed in Collins glasses filled with ice, garnished cocktail picks filled with blueberries, a metal straw and a fresh mint sprig, sitting on a small rectangular wooden tray on top of a blue and white linen

When my sister and I moved to NYC back in the day, let’s just say money was a weeeeee bit tight. I was swimming in debt from grad school and my sister didn’t even have a job lined up, so we began life in our 425-square-foot apartment believing that the concrete jungle really was where dreams were made of!

Needless to say, we had zero discretionary income and learned quickly how to be both wise and strategic with our money. But once a week on Fridays we allowed ourselves a treat, which usually meant each of us buying a $10 bottle of Prosecco from the corner wine shop, which we drank together over the weekend. But once in a while we got REALLY crazy and splurged on Blueberry Mojitos at Vero, an Upper East Side neighborhood spot, which offered them for $9 during Happy Hour. I remember vividly how excited we used to get on those particular Fridays and how absolutely delicious those drinks tasted. And how much fun the two of us had together trying to make it in the big city! It’s funny because when I think back on my life, some of my very best memories are from times when I struggled the very most.

So this Big City Blueberry Mojito is an ode to my sister, Valerie, our early days in NYC, and to the priceless memories we made together at 1431 York Avenue!

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Two bright pinkish-purple Blueberry Mojitos displayed in Collins glasses filled with ice, garnished cocktail picks filled with blueberries, a metal straw and a fresh mint sprig, sitting on a small rectangular wooden tray on top of a blue and white linen

Big City Blueberry Mojito

Cherished Big Apple memories add a special touch to this refreshing Blueberry Mojito recipe that you’re bound to make over and over again during the summer months ahead!

Yields:

1 Drink

Ingredients:

2 oz White Rum

¾ oz Lime Juice

¾ oz Simple Syrup

8-10 Blueberries

4-6 Mint Leaves

2 oz Club Soda

Garnish: Blueberries & a Mint Sprig

Instructions:

Add blueberries, mint leaves, lime juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and muddle together until the berries are fully smashed. Add the Rum and shake together. Pour or strain into a glass filled with ice. (Some people like the bits of fruit and mint in their drink while others don’t, so this step is up to you.) Top with club soda and give a gentle stir. Garnish with blueberries and a mint sprig.

Recipe Notes:

The amount of simple syrup you use depends on how sweet your blueberries are and how tart your limes are, so adjust this to taste. And remember: there are no rules when it comes to Mojitos, so have fun! Use a blueberry simple for a bit of extra blueberry oomph, or a mint simple if you prefer a mintier Mojito. Or throw some other herbs into the mix! I think basil tastes delicious in this.

Two bright pinkish-purple Blueberry Mojitos displayed in Collins glasses filled with ice, garnished cocktail picks filled with blueberries, a metal straw and a fresh mint sprig, sitting on a small rectangular wooden tray on top of a blue and white linen

Big City Blueberry Mojito

Cherished Big Apple memories add a special touch to this refreshing Blueberry Mojito recipe that you’re bound to make over and over again during the summer months ahead!

Yields:

1 Drink

Ingredients:

2 oz White Rum

¾ oz Lime Juice

¾ oz Simple Syrup

8-10 Blueberries

4-6 Mint Leaves

2 oz Club Soda

Garnish: Blueberries & a Mint Sprig

Instructions:

Add blueberries, mint leaves, lime juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and muddle together until the berries are fully smashed. Add the Rum and shake together. Pour or strain into a glass filled with ice. (Some people like the bits of fruit and mint in their drink while others don’t, so this step is up to you.) Top with club soda and give a gentle stir. Garnish with blueberries and a mint sprig.

Recipe Notes:

The amount of simple syrup you use depends on how sweet your blueberries are and how tart your limes are, so adjust this to taste. And remember: there are no rules when it comes to Mojitos, so have fun! Use a blueberry simple for a bit of extra blueberry oomph, or a mint simple if you prefer a mintier Mojito. Or throw some other herbs into the mix! I think basil tastes delicious in this.

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May 15, 2022
Valerie
I just love these memories of the early days together in NYC. They are some of the best of my life! I can't wait to try this recipe and reminisce on those special Friday nights!
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Allie
They are some of the best memories of my life as well! I hope making/sipping on this cocktail puts as big a smile on your face as it did on mine. ♥
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