My husband and I look for every excuse to celebrate special occasions with a beautiful home-cooked meal and something special to drink. Often, we mark a holiday with a signature cocktail. The summer holidays are no exception — July 4th is official mojito day in our home.
I discovered the original recipe in a favorite cookbook given to me as a bridal shower gift from my mother. It used frozen limeade concentrate as a base. Since we have drifted further and further away from anything processed, I have been on the lookout for ways to use more natural ingredients without compromising flavor.
And then, a few years ago while traveling with my husband on business, I discovered a blackberry variation on this drink.
Recently I attempted to create my own version of that delicious blackberry mocktail, but I used fresh squeezed lime juice and honey in lieu of the limeade concentrate. I added crushed frozen blackberries picked last summer from a local farm, and I eliminated the alcohol so it was a family-friendly beverage. Mint, fresh from the herb garden, also adds a special homegrown touch.
The recipe follows. It's a bit on the tart side. If you prefer sweeter, simply increase the honey to taste. Enjoy!
Family-Friendly Blackberry Mojitoes
- 8 ounces blackberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice (about 5 limes)
- 4 tablespoons raw honey
- generous handful of fresh mint, finely chopped
- sparkling mineral water
Using a food processor or immersion blender, process the blackberries until crushed. Divide evenly among 4 glasses. Thoroughly combine the lime juice and honey and pour over the blackberries. Sprinkle with mint and top off with mineral water. Add ice and a sprig of mint. Serve immediately.
Enjoy! What's your favorite mocktail?
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