When I think of Mojitos I think of gardens in full bloom, long lazy summer days spent at the beach, and sipping cocktails al fresco. So when I noticed the early spread of mint in the garden and a nearly 80 degree day in mid April, well the natural thing to do was to break out the rum and muddle. For a little twist and to make sure I’m getting the necessary servings of fruit in my diet, I decided to throw in some blackberries. The only thing missing right now, is the sound of the ocean waves…
2 sprigs mint
1 half lime, cut into 2 or 3 wedges
6 to 8 large ripe blackberries
1 to 3 teaspoons agave nectar, Truvia* or sugar (depends on how sweet you like your cocktails)
2 ounces rum
2 ounces club soda
Muddle mint, lime and blackberries in a glass. Add agave nectar and stir. Fill glass with ice and add rum and club soda and stir. Garnish with fresh mint and blackberries.
*Truvia is a sweetener made from the Stevia plant. Stevia is a South American herb used as a natural sweetener for centuries. The leaves of the Stevia plant have a refreshing taste, zero glycemic index, zero calories and zero carbs. It is 25-30 times sweeter than sugar, and far more healthy! You can actually grow your own Stevia. If you do, you can use the Stevia leaves as the sweetener, just muddle them with the mint, lime and berries.
If blackberries aren’t readily available raspberries, strawberries, or just about any fruit will work just as well.