Sunday nights mean one thing at my house – True Blood time! If you’ve never watched the show than you seriously need to jump on the bandwagon and catch up. This season is shaping up to be even crazier than the last two and I for one can’t wait to see what’s going to happen between Eric, Bill and Sookie, as well as all the other crazy mythological creatures HBO keeps throwing into the mix.
True Blood is already pretty perfect but my sister and I did find one thing that makes it even better…drinking delicious mojitos while watching the equally delicious men of True Blood show off their abs (and sometimes other parts…!) To go along with the blood thirsty theme of the show we decided to make mojitos that looked like a vampire-worthy snack.
Introducing….Berry “Bloody” Mojitos!
Adapted from a recipe from HowSweetEats
First off, if you’re creeped out by the idea of drinking blood…well you and I can’t be friends. Just kidding. But no, you can always just call them Triple Berry Mojitos and move on with it.
(Makes 1 mojito – but we obviously tripled it…twice)
4 fresh mint leaves
2 1/2 ounces of mint simple syrup (1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 10 mint leaves)
2 ounces of rum (you can add less if you want…)
1 1/2 ounces of diet tonic water
2 ounces of mixed berry juice – (1/4 cup water, 6 strawberries, 1/3 cup blueberries, 1/3 cup raspberries)
juice of 1 lime
fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
How – to:
First off you want to make your simple syrup. Simple syrup is well, very simple to make, it’s just equal parts sugar and water. It’s usually the base of most sugary cocktails. In this case we added mint. Add all ingredients to a sauce pan and heat over medium heat till it bubbles. Turn down to low for 2 minutes and then let sit for 15-20.
While your simple syrup is doing its thing, make your berry juice. In a blender combine the berries with 1/4 cup of water. Again if you’re doubling, tripling (six-timesing…) the recipe, do so here as well. Pulse it till it’s pureed.
Now here’s where I made my slight mistake, but of course you will learn from it. You want to strain this mixture after it’s blended. I didn’t and while I did like some of the texture, I didn’t like having to pick blueberry particles out of my teeth.
In a pitcher combine berry juice mixture, diet tonic, rum and the juice of your lime(s).
Grab your glasses and pour in 2 1/2 ounces of simple syrup and couple of mint leaves. A little tip? An ounce is a little less than a shot glass, so if you’re like me and you’ve got plenty of those lying around but not as many measuring cups, it will work! Then muddle the syrup and the mint with a muddler - or in my case a meat tenderizer, also the bottom of a screw driver will work (be creative!).
Add crushed ice (regular ice works to but it’s always more fun to chew on crushed ice). Then fill the rest of the cup with your drink mixture. If you’re looking for a measurement then I would say about 5-6 ounces. Then top off with a beautiful sprig of fresh mint and sip away! You have a tasty looking glass of bloody goodness without the messy part of sucking on someone’s neck. (Too far? Maybe. But go with it!)