This is another recipe I did in collaboration with The Little Market. A Raspberry Mojito recipe. You can find all these pieces like the tray and beautiful handmade cups over on their website. I love working with their team because of their mission. The Little Market nonprofit organization dedicated to the economic self-sufficiency of women worldwide through dignified income opportunities. Our mission is anchored in the fundamental belief that every person has the right to safe jobs and fair, livable wages. Each piece is made following fair-trade principles, ultimately contributing to a life-changing sustainable income and giving back to the people who made it.
Now, back to the recipe! Although I personally don't drink alcohol, I love making cocktails and mocktails...it just means my partner has to drink the alcoholic versions I make for recipes and photos. Which he doesn't mind. This recipe is a nice and refreshing one that’s great to share with friends. My Strawberry Iced Tea Cocktail and Mocktail is another fresh and flavorful option too!
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Why You Should Try This Raspberry Mojito Recipe
This recipe is simple, delicious, and makes a perfect mojito cocktail with not too much prep time. It's also customizable for any berry or mixed berries. If you don't have rum, that's okay, try this as a vodka mojito.
I also like that this is easily made into a mocktail. Just replace the alcohol with more soda water. If you don't have plain flavored sparkling water or club soda, you can use a flavored sparkling water (or soda), just make sure the flavors match like a berry, lime, or lemon. Another great thing about this recipe is that the syrup can be made with fresh or frozen fruit.
Usually the better the ingredients, the better your food will taste. However, I do like to go over which ingredients that you should have the best quality for and the others are those that I think don't need to be the highest quality. But again, if you don't have access to high quality, it will still be delicious! I also let you know if a certain type or style is best.
- Berries: I personally used raspberries for this, but you can use any berries you want for a yummy berry mojito. I promise it will still be delicious. You could try strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, or a brambleberry mix. Or you can definitely try other fruits like peaches or even citrus fruits. I haven't done those yet, but they would probably be just as tasty.
- Frozen or Fresh Berries: Either one for this is 100% okay. If you don’t have fresh raspberries or berries on hand, no worries, this works since you're making a syrup.
- Alcohol: This does call for rum, however, if your bar cart doesn't have this, feel free to try with vodka or even gin. Or if you don't drink alcohol you can make it a raspberry mojito mocktail. Just leave out the alcohol and add in extra club soda or sparkling water.
- Sugar: If you want to substitute sugar in the syrup for agave, honey, raw sugar, Splenda, etc. you definitely can. However, sometimes they can be sweeter, so add just a little amount at first and check the taste before adding in the entire amount.
- Mint: Don't have fresh mint leaves on hand? No worries. A great replacement for mint in this would be basil. It will change the flavor profile of course, but will still make a great mojito.
Tips to Make the Best Raspberry Rum Cocktail
These tips are helpful for when you are making raspberry mojitos. If you have any questions about specifics or techniques they are covered below! Also if you want to make this recipe for more than two people, take a look at the batching section.
- Syrup: You have to keep a pretty close eye on your syrup and keep the heat fairly low. You don't want to burn anything or it will affect the entire batch.
- Sieve: If you don't have a sieve, no worries. You can use something like cheesecloth, but I would just leave the seeds since they don't bother me.
- Muddling: Don't have a muddler? No worries. You can use a wooden spoon or even the back side of a utensil. When you muddle you want to make sure you did this with only a little bit of liquid in the glad to make it easier and not splash out of the glass. Just follow the instructions below.
- Batching: You can for sure batch this recipe for a large pitcher/group. I would assume times-ing the recipe by 3 would fill a normal sized pitcher. I would suggest following all the same steps as below. When it comes to muddling, do that directly into the pitcher with the mint, lime juice and syrup. Then add the rest of the ingredients.
Raspberry Mojito Recipe
In just a few simple steps you’ll have some delicious drinks to enjoy!
Raspberry Simple Syrup -
First, place your fruit of choice and sugar in a small saucepan and cover with water. Put this on the stove until simmering.
Then take a muddler or a wooden spoon and mash up the berries. Stir occasionally on simmer for the next 5-7 minutes until it’s nice and syrupy.
Pour the syrup and berries through a mesh sieve to remove chunks, and try to get as much of the liquid as possible into a bowl or jar. You can throw away the pulp and seeds from the berries.
The Mojito -
For one cocktail, muddle mint leaves with lime juice and raspberry syrup in a glass.
Add ice to the glass. Then pour in your rum and top with club soda to the top of the glass.
Stir and garnish with lime wedges, mint leaves or berries! Repeat these steps to make the second drink.
There are a number of rums that will work well in a mojito. It is suggested by bartenders that the best budget rum to use for this cocktail is the Bacardi Superior. Mojitos are generally made with light rum, but you can also make them with dark rum if you’d like. Check out the full list of recommended rums here.
The process for a strawberry mojito is quite simple and similar to this recipe. Just swap out the raspberries for strawberries and follow the instructions in this recipe. Strawberries are a great substitution and the strawberry mint makes a great flavor profile. This would also be a great option when swapping out the mint for basil. You could also switch the raspberries out for other berries or mixed berries in this recipe as well for another option.
Fresh spearmint is most commonly used in mojitos and muddles well. Most grocery stores will list this just as “mint” in the herb section. It’s very easy to find in most stores. It also grows very well in outdoor and window gardens. However, if you don’t have fresh mint on hand, you can use basil as a replacement in this recipe. The flavors will change of course, but it is still a refreshing and tasty drink.
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Raspberry Simple Syrup
- ½ cup raspberries
- 1/3 cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 8-10 mint leaves
- 1 lime small, juiced
- raspberry syrup from above
- 3 ounces rum
- 6-10 ounces club soda or sparkling water
- extra mint, limes, and/or fruit to garnish
Raspberry Syrup Instructions
- Place fruit and sugar in a small saucepan, cover with water. Place this on the stove until it simmers. Then take a muddler or a wooden spoon and mash the berries as best as you can. Stir occasionally on simmer for the next 5-7 minutes until nice and syrupy.
- Pour the syrup and berries through a mesh sieve to remove chunks, but try to get as much of the liquid as possible into a jar or bowl. Throw out the pulp and seeds from berries.
Raspberry Mojito (for 1 cocktail)
- Muddle 4-5 mint leaves with juice from ½ lime (about ½ Tbsp) and 1.5 ounces of the Raspberry syrup into your glass.
- Add ice to glass. Over your ice pour 1.5 ounces rum and 3-5 ounces of club soda (up to the top of your glass). Stir and garnish. Make your second one the same way.