Summertime is almost here and we’re ready to start enjoying ourselves. What better way to kick-off the season than with a summer cocktail?
In the month of May, blueberries, strawberries, and mint are plentiful. In fact, we have a garden FULL of mint that is taking over! So…You know what they say…when life gives you berries and mint, make refreshing Seasonal Berry Summer Mojitos!
This cocktail is very versatile. It special enough to serve guests at summer parties, yet simple enough to make for yourself at home anytime. The berry simple syrup in this recipe can be made ahead, allowing you to mix one whenever you need a refreshing drink in the summer.
So, how do you make this at home? Check out the recipe below!
Williamsburg Seasonal Berry Summer Mojito
Berry Simple Syrup
- 1.5 cup Blueberries*
- 1.5 cup Strawberries*
- 2 cups Sugar
- 2 cups Water
Place berries, water and sugar into a saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 15 – 25 minutes, stirring frequently, until the berries are soft and the syrup has a rich purple color. Place a fine strainer over a bowl. Dump the berry mixture into the strainer and allow to drain. (Do not press down on the berries.) Once all the liquid is gathered, place into a container and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
*We chose these berries because they are in season in Virginia in the early summer. However, this can be adjusted to include different berry or fruit combinations that are in season in your location and for your tastes.
Williamsburg Seasonal Berry Mojito
- 3/4 oz Berry Simple Syrup
- 1 – 2 Sprig of Mint Leaves
- 2 oz Good Quality White Rum
- 1/2 Lime
- Club Soda
- Sliced Berries and Limes (for garnishing)
*This recipe accommodates one cocktail.
Shaken or Stirred? You decide!
Shaken: In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, add the simple syrup and mint leaves. Muddle the mint with the syrup until mint is broken down. Add the rum and the lime juice. Fill the shaker with ice, cover, and shake until cold. Strain this mixture into a second glass, filled with ice and desired garnishes. Top with club soda and serve.
Stirred: In the bottom of a tall serving glass, add the simple syrup and mint leaves. Muddle the mint with the syrup until the mint is slightly broken down. Add the rum and lime juice and stir to combine. Fill the glass with ice. Add in slices of lime and berries, if desired. Top with club soda and stir to combine.
Looking for a place to get away this summer? Williamsburg, Virginia is the perfect spot. With great food, cocktails, attractions, and music, you won’t be disappointed! And if you’re looking for a place to stay, check out Colonial Gardens Bed and Breakfast! We have a gourmet breakfast menu and pleasant accommodations in the heart of Williamsburg, Virginia.
What is your favorite summer cocktail?