Kids always think that being grown up is soooo glamorous. Adults can do what they want, eat all the candy and junk food they want, stay up as late as they want, etc. And yeah, I guess that’s all true. But, being an adult is also expensive. Really expensive. Like… “holy crap, how did this routine car inspection turn into $1800 worth of repairs” expensive. Yeah. Being a grown up can be a real bummer sometimes.
Needless to say, after the car-repair fiasco at the dealership this morning, Dan and I were feeling a little tense. Not to promote the use of alcohol to deal with stress or anything, but…I was really looking forward to having a drink when we got home. Since there were so many blackberries and limes leftover from the margaritas I made last night, I decided to throw together another breezy, fruity, summer cocktail.
Mojitos are one of my favorite cocktails, not only because they’re delicious but also because they require so few ingredients and are so easy to make. Just crush a few mint leaves in the bottom of a glass with some sugar, lime juice, and rum, add club soda, and stir. Simple. Beautiful.
After a few mojitos and some homemade nachos, we’re definitely feeling a lot better about things. As I type this, Dan and Sushi are snoozing on the couch next to me. I’m going to join them in a second, but I wanted to share this mojito recipe with you guys first. Enjoy, and happy Saturday!
Ingredients: (Makes 1 cocktail)
- 6 fat blackberries + more for garnish
- 8 mint leaves
- 1 oz rum
- 1 to 2 tbsp sugar
** Depends on how sweet you like your mojitos. I like mine sweeter so I used 2 tbsp in mine, but Dan likes his a little more tart so I only put about 1.5 tbsp in his.
[EDIT: Alternatively, you can use simple syrup, which will give you a more concentrated and uniform sweet flavor. I've been using that in all my cocktails lately and I think they are even more delicious this way. Just bring 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a simmer over medium-high heat, until sugar is completely dissolved. Allow syrup to cool, and then measure out however much you want to use for your drink. I suggest starting with 1/2 to 1 oz per drink and going from there.]
- 1/3 oz lime juice
- 2 oz club soda
- In the bottom of your drinking glass, muddle/crush together blackberries, mint leaves, sugar/simple syrup, rum, and lime juice.
- Add some ice cubes, then pour in club soda and stir.
- Garnish with a few whole blackberries and a sprig of mint.
- Enjoy immediately.