If you are looking for a light, fruity take on the classic Mojito, this is a perfect option. The Raspberry Mojito has all of the elements of the original: rum, refreshing mint and lime, a little sweetness, and a hint of sparkle. It simply brings in a few twists and the result is a fabulous cocktail that can be enjoyed all summer long.
There are many things to enjoy about this Raspberry Mojito. One of its best aspects is that it uses common ingredients, making it very easy to mix up. The Chambord plays off of the raspberries wonderfully. It not only adds a darker berry flavor without overpowering the fresh berries but it acts as the drink's sweetener as well.
Add several mint leaves and raspberries to a highball glass.
Muddle well to release the juice of the berries and the essence of the mint.
Add ice, lime slices, rum, and Chambord to the glass.
Top off with ginger ale.
(Recipe Courtesy: Amy Stafford, A Healthy Life For Me)
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The Rum. If you have a favorite rum for your regular Mojitos, try it in this recipe. Almost any white rum will work nicely. This is also a good candidate to use when testing out a newly discovered rum.
The Chambord. Chambord is the best-known black raspberry liqueur on the market and an excellent choice for this cocktail. While the options are few, you might be able to find another tasty raspberry liqueur and a few craft distilleries dabble with this flavor from time to time.
If you don't have Chambord in stock, raspberry juice is a great substitute. Since you already have fresh raspberries for the Mojito, this is incredibly easy. Simply place a handful of berries into a cocktail shaker or bowl and muddle until all of the juices are released. Strain out the seeds and pulp and you have the freshest raspberry juice possible.
The Mint. There is a variety of mints available, though spearmint and peppermint are the most popular for a great Mojito. Feel free to experiment with some of the mint hybrids, though. Pineapple mint and chocolate mint are both quite fun here.
The Ginger Ale. Many Mojitos are topped with club soda, but this one opts for ginger ale. It's a great choice because it's on the sweeter side of clear sodas without being too sweet. It plays off the raspberry mix well and adds just enough sparkle to make it a truly refreshing drink.
How Strong Is the Raspberry Mojito?
Despite its sweet taste and innocent look, this Raspberry Mojito is anything but a light cocktail. You may have noticed that it uses a double shot of rum and that means this beauty packs a punch. When made with an 80-proof rum and Chambord, it weighs in around 32 percent ABV (64 proof).
To put that into perspective, this Raspberry Mojito can be as strong as the average Gin Martini. If this is too much for you at the moment, feel free to pour just a single shot (1 1/2 ounces) of rum and add a bit more ginger ale.