This virgin blackberry mojito is a perfect drink for those hot summer nights when I really want a fruity, fizzy drink but just don’t want to be bothered with alcohol….which is more often than not. I’m weird like that. This a great nonalcoholic alternative to a classic summer drink!
If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you are probably well aware of the fact that I don’t much care for alcoholic beverages. It’s not a matter of principle-I don’t care if you drink, and my husband writes a beer blog for Pete’s sake. As long as you aren’t getting sloppy I’m cool with whatever. I just never developed a taste for the stuff myself, so on the rare occasions that I do drink I drink things like Pimm Palmers or Midori Sours or the Jungle Juice at Clyde’s on Main which, despite the fact that every ingredient is alcoholic, tastes like it has 0% alcohol. I am a lightweight and I’m not ashamed of it. It’s kept me out of trouble (though I do feel like some sort of pseudo food person since I don’t like wine. I think there’s a rule about that).
This means, though, that I often miss out on fun-looking drinks. I’ll look at them on the menu, considering them, thinking about whether they’re worth the (inevitably) $8 or $9 that I’d have to spend. Nine times out of ten I decide that it isn’t worth the risk. Purchasing alcoholic beverages in restaurants is expensive, y’all. So, I decided that if I want a fruity drink, a fruity drink I will have…I’ll just have it without alcohol.
The best thing about summer (besides the obvious-the extended break that I get) is all the seasonal produce. Berries are big right now, and when I saw a carton of blackberries for $1.49 I grabbed that baby without thinking twice. I tried to think of what to make with them and my mind kept going back to the blackberry mojito that I drank at Smoky Mountain Brewery when Philip and I went on Spring break. It was delicious, with its combination of sweet-sour blackberries, summery lime, and fresh-tasting mint. So it was settled…a virgin blackberry mojito. Blackberries, mint, lime, simple syrup, and club soda-I can’t think of a cocktail more simple. Of course, if you prefer an alcoholic beverage, feel free to add a shot of light rum. Otherwise, this nonalcoholic blackberry mojito will cool you off without making your head spin, and you won’t feel guilty drinking it before noon!
Yield: 1 drink
5 minPrep Time:
- 8 blackberries
- 8 mint leaves
- juice of 1 lime
- 1-2 tablespoons simple syrup
- club soda or seltzer water
- blackberries, mint leaves, and lime wedges for garnish
- Place the blackberries, mint leaves, lime juice, and one tablespoon of simple syrup in the bottom of a 12-ounce glass. Use a muddler or the back of a sturdy spoon to muddle the blackberries and mint together.
- Fill the glass with ice cubes and top off with club soda. Stir using a long spoon. Add more simple syrup to taste if desired. Stir again and garnish with blackberries, lime wedges, and/or mint leaves.
Click here to print the recipe for the virgin blackberry mojito!