This week’s recipe was a lesson in “Sometimes… you can’t make things look like the picture”. I found this amazing looking blueberry mojito recipe on The Novice Chef Blog, and thought – PERFECT! I had leftover rum from last week, and while I try not to go back to back on booze ingredients, it looked too good to pass up. I mean, check this out:
Who would not want to consume that? So gorgeous… so I decided to get myself to the grocery store and find the biggest most delicious blueberries I could find!
Sadly, all said and done, mine did not at all turn out that way… and I tried THREE times! THREE! -sigh- Even though I am still frustrated at the lackluster visual result (resulting in a lackluster photo – my apologies), I have to say… I don’t know if I care. Here’s the thing: It may not look pretty but it tastes SO. DAMN. GOOD.
Thus, this week’s recipe comes with a moral. Sometimes, it’s okay if things don’t turn out exactly the way you picture them, because no one has time to make 5 different batches of mojitos for 2 people to consume over the course of an evening… and sometimes, ugly tastes great! Without further adieu, my fabulous mojito failure:
I used her exact same recipe in my attempt to replicate her result. I will post it here, but definitely want to credit the source. For the record, she does call out the fact that the coloring of the drink TOTALLY depends on the blueberries you end up with, and if you want that electric blue color, there’s always food coloring.
- 1 cup fresh blueberries, plus extra for garnish
- 4 oz clear rum
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- juice of 2 limes
- 6 oz club soda
In a food processor or blender (I used a blender), puree blueberries until smooth. Set aside.
Add mint leaves and sugar to a cocktail shaker. Use a muddler (or the end of a wooden spoon) to muddle the mint and sugar. Add the lime juice, rum and pureed blueberries: shake vigorously.
Pour ice and club soda into two tall glasses and then pour in rum mixture. Gently stir. Garnish with a lime wedge, extra blueberries and a sprig of mint. Serve immediately.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have one more batch of mojito to drink and bring my Friday work day to a close.