The other week I treated my husband to a trip to Barcelona for his 30th Birthday. He loves tapas, football and red wine, and I had heard so many great things about Barcelona from family and friends that it was a no-brainer to choose there!
It was a really lovely few days, sunny and warm (apart from our last night when it stormed and poured with rain! I love a good thunderstorm, and it was rather amusing dashing through the rain after a few cocktails and a lot of tapas!)
The restaurant we ate in for his birthday dinner was absolutely fantastic, the food was sheer perfection. I ordered a blackberry mojito whilst we waited for our seat. It was made with black liquor, blackberries and mint. So delicious, and different from all the other mojitos I have ever tasted!
When we returned to the UK, among his birthday presents my husband had been given a bottle of black rum. I found some fresh blackberries in the fridge, so I decided to try and recreate the cocktail from Barcelona. This is the result!
I really love the dark moody colour of this Blackberry & Black Rum Mojito, I think it makes a really good autumn/winter cocktail. My version was a bit lighter then the one I enjoyed in Spain – probably because I used black rum, whereas I believe they used a black vodka which seems to have had a stronger colour. Mine looked a little bit more like coke, whereas the cocktail at the restaurant was totally black – and I think a lot stronger!
It’s such a great cocktail, it looks amazing – a real crowd pleaser!
- Black Rum or Vodka
- Ice Cubes
- Mint Leaves (Plus a sprig to garnish)
- Handful of Blackberries (Plus a few to garnish)
- Handful of Raspberries (Plus a few to garnish)
- 2 Heaped Teaspoons of Caster Sugar
- Half a lime
- Pomegranate Seeds
- In a cocktail shaker, add four shots of black rum or vodka, the caster sugar and add the juice from the lime. Shake well.
- Add a small handful of mint leaves, and a handful of blackberries and raspberries. Crush with a pestle or end of a rolling pin, taste and add more sugar or lime as needed.
- Fill two tumbler glasses with ice, and strain the mixture from the shaker through a sieve into them.
- Top with soda, and garnish with a sprig of mint along with the remaining blackberries and raspberries and a handful of pomegranate seeds (optional).