I’m usually a wine drinker but there’s something about summertime and the over abundance of everything from sunshine to fresh produce that practically begs for a cold, fruity cocktail like this Raspberry Mojito.
I tasted my first classic Mojito ~ which isn’t fruity at all, but a citrusy combination of rum blended with a blast of cool, refreshing mint, tangy lime and a little sugar (stay with me, I’ll get there) ~ on a gorgeous sunny day in Mallory Square , a place in Key West where vacationers and islanders alike gather to watch the sunset.
Some say Mallory Square is one of the best places to see a sunset anywhere. I can’t argue. It was breathtaking and that’s not the Mojitos talking. This Raspberry Mojito is a rum-based burst of summer fruit flavor with a twist of citrus and if you’d prefer a mocktail, skip the rum without sacrificing taste a bit.
This Raspberry Mojito was made with Havana Club rum , one of the souvenirs from our daughter’s recent vacation to Cuba. It’s smooth tasting and was delicious in both the classic and Raspberry Mojito.
Havana Club rum is a popular rum available throughout Cuba and though it’s legal to bring back to the states for personal use, to my knowledge, it can’t actually be purchased legally in the U.S.
What makes Havana Club rum special is its unique ingredients, rich sugar cane, the fertile soil on the beautiful island of Cuba, tropical climate and the aging process of at least 3 years.
Obviously, most of us don’t have access to Havana Club rum, but your favorite good quality white (not dark or spiced) rum is a great substitute.
Raspberry Mojito Ingredients:
- 2 shots (1 1/2 ounces each) of Havana Club or other good quality white rum
- 4 teaspoons of granulated sugar
- 6-8 mint leaves
- 1 lime, sliced thin
- club soda
- 10-12 raspberries (plus extra for garnish)
Add three slices of lime to the bottom of a short glass then sprinkle on the sugar and add the mint leaves and raspberries.
I’m told Cubans don’t use as much mint in their Mojitos as some places do here in the states. I followed suit with this recipe ~ after all, Cuba is said to be the birthplace of the Mojito!
Muddle the lime, sugar, mint and raspberries together extracting all the flavor from the mint. You should have an amazing minty aroma and juice from both the lime and raspberries.
Add the rum and ice, top it off with club soda then stir well and garnish with extra berries and a lime slice.
If you’d prefer a classic Mojito, just leave out the raspberries.
I mixed up a quick batch of guacamole and sat outside on the patio sipping this refreshing summertime beverage. I hope you’ll do the same.
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- 2 shots (1 ½ ounces each) of Havana Club or other white rum
- 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 6-8 mint leaves
- 1 lime sliced thin
- Club soda
- 10-12 raspberries + extra raspberries for garnish
- Add three slices of lime to the bottom of a short glass then sprinkle on the sugar and add the mint leaves and raspberries.
- Muddle the lime, sugar, mint and raspberries together extracting all the flavor from the mint. You should have an amazing minty aroma.
- Add the rum and ice, top it off with club soda then stir well and garnish with extra berries and a lime slice.