Raspberry Mojito.

Another recipe I did in collaboration with The Little Market. You can find all these pieces like the tray and beautiful handmade cups over on their website. I love working with their team because of their mission. The Little Market nonprofit organization dedicated to the economic self-sufficiency of women worldwide through dignified income opportunities. Our mission is anchored in the fundamental belief that every person has the right to safe jobs and fair, livable wages. Each piece is made following fair-trade principles, ultimately contributing to a life-changing sustainable income and giving back to the people who made it.

Now, back to the recipe! Although, I personally don’t drink alcohol, but I love making cocktails and mocktails…it just means my partner has to drink the alcoholic versions I make for recipes and photos. Which he doesn’t mind. This recipe is a great one for summer drinks. You can of course make it for two as listed below, or I also have a guide for making it into a batched drink for a pitcher of these.

This recipe is simple and delicious. It’s also customizable for any berry or mixed berries. If you don’t have rum, that’s okay, try this as a vodka mojito. I also like that this is easily made into a mocktail. Just replace the alcohol with more soda. If you don’t have a plain flavored sparkling water or club soda, you can use a flavored sparkling water (or soda), just make sure the flavors match like a berry, lime, or lemon. Another great thing about this recipe is that the syrup can be made with fresh or frozen fruit.

Tips on Ingredients:

Usually the better the ingredients, the better your food will taste. However, I do like to go over which ingredients that you should have the best quality for and the others are those that I think don’t need to be the highest quality. But again, if you don’t have access to high quality, it will still be delicious! I also let you know if a certain type or style is best.

These are the items that I have notes for, whether it’s to buy the best quality or if there are specific notes about that ingredients.

- Berries: I personally used raspberries for this, but you can use any berries you want. I promise it will still be delicious. You could try strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, or a brambleberry mix. Or you can definitely try other fruits like peaches or even citrus fruits. I haven’t done those yet, but they would probably be just as tasty.

- Frozen or Fresh Berries: Either one for this is 100% okay. If you only have frozen on hand, no worries, this works since you’re making a syrup.

- Alcohol: This does call for rum, however, if your bar cart doesn’t have this, feel free to try with vodka or even gin.

- Mojito Mocktail: Or if you don’t drink alcohol you can make it a raspberry mojito mocktail. Just leave out the alcohol and add in extra club soda or sparkling water.

- Sugar: If you want to substitute sugar in the syrup for agave, honey, raw sugar, Splenda, etc. you definitely can. However, sometimes they can be sweeter, so check the taste before adding in the entire amount.

- Mint: Don’t have mint on hand? No worries. A great replacement for mint in this would be basil. It will change the flavor profile of course, but will still make a great mojito.

Best Tips and Knowledge to make the best Mojito:

These tips are helpful for when you are making the recipe. Outside of the tips for ingredients above, these are tips on how to do something or why what I’ve listed in the recipe is necessary.

- Syrup: You have to keep a pretty close eye on your syrup and keep the heat fairly low. You don’t want to burn anything or it will affect the entire batch.

- Sieve: If you don’t have a sieve, no worries. You can use something like cheesecloth, but I would just leave the seeds since they don’t bother me.

- Muddling: Don’t have a muddler? No worries. You can use a wooden spoon or even the back side of a utensil. When you muddle you want to make sure you did this with only a little bit of liquid in the glad to make it easier and not splash out of the glass. Just follow the instructions below.

- Batching: You can for sure batch this recipe for a large pitcher/group. I would assume times-ing the recipe by 3 would fill a normal sized pitcher. I would suggest following all the same steps as below. When it comes to muddling, do that directly into the pitcher with the mint, lime juice and syrup. Then add the rest of the ingredients.

Raspberry Mojito

Yields 2 cocktails

Raspberry Syrup

- ½ cup raspberries

- 1/3 cup sugar

- ½ cup water

Raspberry Mojito

- 8-10 mint leaves

- 1 small lime, juiced

- Raspberry Syrup from above

- 3 ounces rum

- 6-10 ounces club soda or sparkling water

- Ice

- Extra mint, limes, and/or fruit to garnish

Raspberry Syrup Instructions

1. Place fruit and sugar in a small saucepan, cover with water. Place this on the stove until it simmers. Then take a muddler or a wooden spoon and mash the berries as best as you can. Stir occasionally on simmer for the next 5-7 minutes until nice and syrupy.

2. Pour the syrup and berries through a mesh sieve to remove chunks, but try to get as much of the liquid as possible into a jar or bowl. Throw out the pulp and seeds from berries.

Raspberry Mojito (for 1 cocktail)

3. Muddle 4-5 mint leaves with juice from ½ lime (about ½ Tbsp) and 1.5 ounces of the Raspberry syrup into your glass.

4. Add ice to glass. Over your ice pour 1.5 ounces rum and 3-5 ounces of club soda (up to the top of your glass). Stir and garnish. Make your second one the same way.

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