When I read that the Blueberry Mojito was Deer Valley’s award winning bartender Bonnie Ulmer’s favorite drink, I thought I would try her recipe and make it for my friends. Now I need to start by saying that the most complex drink I usually make is a rum and coke and if I want to get a little crazy, I make a gin and tonic (with a lime.) I am often spotted pouring a simple glass of red wine so a blueberry mojito is a tall order for me.
I tried to make a signature drink for a dinner party once. If my life depended on it, I couldn’t tell you what drink it was. The whole thing has been erased from memory – my subconscious must have blocked it out! It turned out badly. When my guests sipped the cocktail, their faces scrunched up like the guy on the bitter beer commercial. They exchanged sidewards glances and then there was silence. The only sound was the popping of corks as they switched to wine. I never tried making a special cocktail again….until now.
When our friends Harry and Michelle invited us for dinner over Memorial Day weekend, I saw an opportunity for a second chance. I offered to bring Bonnie’s Blueberry Mojito makings to kick off the season. This was a low pressure situation for me – it was just the four of us so if I totally messed it up, I would only have to endure minor teasing. So I gathered the rum, mint, lemon aid, limes, soda and blueberries in my tote for the maiden mojito voyage.
Turns out making the drink together was a blast -Michelle and I smashed mint until fragrant, measured the rum, and tossed in the blueberries following the recipe from the blog. After pouring the dark rum on top and tasting it, seemed like something was missing. Oops -forgot the club soda. Added a splash then more rum on top and we were good to go.
The verdict? Best mojito ever! Refreshing – not too minty but just right. They weren’t as pretty as Bonnie’s, of course, but everyone loved them. My husband and I even planted mint so we can enjoy mojitos all summer. I can’t wait to try the original at the Deer Valley’s Royal Street Cafe.