Raspberry Mojito

Fresh raspberry mojito cocktail
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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail

It's hard to resist a raspberry mojito. The sparkling mixed drink is filled with fresh ingredients and gives the classic Cuban drink a delicious berry spin. Get your muddler ready because this is a fabulous summertime cocktail that you'll want to make often.

Easy to mix up, this raspberry mojito recipe includes the essential elements of any mojito: rum, lime, mint, and soda. Adding fresh raspberries gives it a fresh-from-the-garden taste that's perfect with the lime and mint. The black raspberry liqueur contributes a darker berry flavor and takes over as the drink's sweetener.

You can build on the drink several ways: switch to raspberry rum or another soda, or add other berries and fruits to the muddle. It's also a brilliant option for a virgin mojito.

Ingredients

  • 5 to 6 mint leaves
  • 3​ to 4 raspberries (fresh)
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 1/2 ounce black raspberry liqueur
  • 2 to 3 ounces ginger ale (to taste))
  • Garnish: fresh raspberries
  • Garnish: mint sprig

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a highball glass, add several mint leaves and raspberries.

  3. Muddle well to release the juice of the berries and the essence of the mint.

  4. Fill the glass with ice and squeeze in the juice of the lime wedges (dropping them into the glass, if desired).

  5. Add the rum and raspberry liqueur.

  6. Top off with ginger ale and stir well.

  7. Garnish with more raspberries and a sprig of mint. Serve and enjoy.

Tips

  • To wake up the mint's flavor, slap the leaves between your palms or gently tear them before adding them to the glass.
  • Try wiping the glass rim with a lime wedge to get a refreshing, tart taste with every sip.
  • You can use frozen raspberries; enough to cover the bottom of the glass should do. Thaw the berries first so they're easier to muddle.

Recipe Variations

  • Switch to another lightly flavored soda if you like. Club soda and sparkling waters will not be as sweet as ginger ale and work really well in this mojito. You could also pour sparkling wine; rosé is an excellent choice.
  • Skip the raspberry liqueur and pour raspberry rum instead. The cocktail won't be as sweet; make up for that by adding 1/2 ounce of simple syrup or 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar to the muddle.
  • Vanilla rum is an excellent alternative to white rum and pairs nicely with raspberries.
  • Add more fruits to the cocktail. Blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries are natural companions for raspberries. You can also muddle in slices of mango, melon, or pineapple.
  • Skip the liquors and make this a virgin raspberry mojito. You'll need more soda or can split it with limeade.

What Is the Best Alcohol for a Mojito?

For the best tasting mojito, choose a mid-range rum. There are many great brands to choose from, and rum is one of the most affordable liquors, so you won't break the bank with an upgrade. While white rum is often the preferred style for mojitos, aged rum adds a little more dimension and dark rum is particularly well-suited to raspberries. Many people enjoy vodka mojitos, and this raspberry cocktail works with that spirit as well.

How Strong Is a Raspberry Mojito?

This raspberry mojito is a relatively light cocktail. On average, its alcohol content falls in the 13 percent ABV (26 proof) range. While that is similar to a glass of wine, a few drinks will add up quickly, and the sweet taste can be deceiving.