The week of 4th of July was a tough one. I don’t mean to be a whiner, especially because I only worked 3 days and had just come from a 4 day vacation in San Diego. Actually I had an appointment on Tuesday afternoon, so it was really only 2.5 days of work. But for some reason because the holiday was smack dab in the middle of the week it really threw me off and felt like the longest work week in history.
So when the ladies From The Little Yellow Kitchen posted their “relaxation station” cocktail on Friday, I was seriously ready to be home from work enjoying cocktail hour! But of course the ferry was running late (this always happens during the summer on Fridays) so by the time I made it home Curtis already had our happy hour cocktails ready to go (yes, he’s the best) which meant the mojitos had to wait.
These ladies know what they’re talking about when it comes to food and cocktails. Their strawberry jalapeno margaritas are still one of my favorite cocktails.
So on Saturday the sun was shining and around 4 pm I declared it was time for cocktail hour. Hello blueberry basil mojito! The first batch was good, and really refreshing but I think I used too large of glasses because the basil, mint and blueberry flavors were kind of light. So for round two, I used twice as much of the good stuff for each cocktail. And we stopped there but next time, I may try this recipe with rum (vs. vodka) to make it more of a traditional mojito.
But at the end of the day Curtis and I decided this should go into our rotation of cocktails and I decided that basil and sugar tastes really good together. I should have known. Sugar makes everything a little more delicious!
Blueberry Basil Mojito
Ingredients (per large drink)
1/4 Cup blueberries
4 Tablespoons of fresh basil, julienned
3 Tablespoons of fresh mint, julienned
Juice of 1/2 a lime
3 teaspoon of sugar or 1 1/2 packets of your favorite sugar substitute
2 ounces of Vodka
Club soda, to taste
Muddle berries, basil, mint, lime, and sugar in a cocktail shaker.
Add ice and vodka. Shake, shake, shake!
Strain over ice and fill with club soda.