Vodka Mojitos With Blueberries and Raspberries

I’ll keep this short and sweet! If memory serves, I ordered my first mojito at a resort in Cabo when I was eighteen or nineteen. What compelled me to do so, I couldn’t tell you. I probably saw some gorgeous and sophisticated woman order one and decided to follow suit. I do recall, however, that I loved it. Bright, crisp, clean. The aromatic mint permeating the glass. It became my drink of choice that vacation and I’ve loved them ever since.

While we all know rum is used in a traditional mojito, I’m rarely, if ever, traditional. So I turned to my new arsenal of Heritage Distilling Co. Flavored Vodkas for inspiration. I’ve been really into spicy cocktails lately, so I thought a Sweet Ghost Pepper Vodka mojito with raspberries and jalapeño simple syrup would be a nice combo. But I also had a ton of blueberries on hand and thought that my HDC Ginger vodka would go nicely with them. I even added ¼ tsp. grated ginger to really bring out the flavor! Awesome!

The mojito is simple to make, easy to master, and perfect to indulge in on these balmy August nights, bringing summer to a close….

Vodka Mojitos

Vodka Mojitos with Blueberries & Raspberries
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Ingredients
  1. For Simple Syrup
  2. You do not need to make a flavored syrup...but it's certainly more fun that way!
  3. ¼ cup sugar
  4. ¼ cup water
  5. 4 thin slices ginger (if making a ginger syrup) OR 1 sliced jalapeño (if making a Jalapeño syrup)
  6. For a Spicy Raspberry Mojito With HDC Sweet Ghost Pepper Vodka
  7. 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  8. 2 Tbsp. jalapeño simple syrup (recipe below)
  9. 10 mint leaves
  10. 8 (ish) raspberries
  11. Perrier Lime Sparkling Water
  12. 1 ½ oz. vodka
  13. Ice
  14. Extra lime and mint for garnish
  15. For a Blueberry Mojito with HDC Ginger Vodka
  16. 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  17. 2 Tbsp. ginger simple syrup (recipe below)
  18. 10 mint leaves
  19. 10 (ish) blueberries
  20. Perrier Lime Sparkling Water
  21. 1 ½ oz. vodka
  22. Ice
  23. Extra lime and mint for garnish
Instructions
  1. Make the Simple Syrup
  2. No matter which mojito you are making you will want to combine ¼ cup sugar with ¼ cup water in a small saucepan. Simmer on low until sugar dissolves. Allow to cool before making drinks. This is enough for both mojitos. But I made two batches; one for each flavor...
  3. To make a jalapeño simple syrup simply add one sliced jalapeño to sugar and water while simmering. Remove jalapeño seeds and vein if you don’t want it too spicy.
  4. To make a ginger simple syrup just add about 4 thin, quarter sized slices of ginger to the sugar and water while simmering.
  5. Obviously if you make both of these drinks you will want to make the simple syrups separately. And the longer you simmer, the stronger the flavor. Don't burn it!
  6. Make the Drink of Your Choice
  7. In a tall glass combine fruit of choice, simple syrup of choice, mint leaves, and lime juice. Muddle with a wooden spoon to release the flavor of the mint and berries.
  8. Fill glass 2/3 of the way with ice.
  9. Add Vodka (whichever HDC flavor you choose) and top off with sparkling water.
  10. Stir to combine, garnish with mint and lime slices and enjoy!
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