Kneads and Cravings: Savor summer with a berry mojito

Savor the dwindling weeks of summer with a mojito.

Savor the dwindling weeks of summer with a mojito.

Metro Creative Connection / Contributed photo

Despite the onslaught of back-to-school campaigns, we’re only in mid August and we still have a few weeks of sunshine to soak up this summer.

While parents and students are probably moaning about the “forgotten” summer work that they’ve recently unearthed from under a pile of legos, I imagine the thought of lesson planning and grading papers has more than a few teachers groaning.

In an effort to soak up as many sunshiney summer moments as possible before the seasonal change has me bundled up in scarves and sweaters I decided to mix up a batch of mojitos.

While mojitos can, of course, be consumed year round, I prefer to have them during the warmer months. Though you can’t go wrong with a standard mojito, I chose to have a little fun with it by muddling some fruit into the drink with my mint.

If you’re looking to stretch out your fleeting moments of summer time, give these mojitos a try.

Berry mojitos

One glass

2 oz. lime juice

2 mint leaves

1/4 cup fruit (chef’s choice of berries)

2 oz white rum



Pour in the lime juice and rum into a glass. Place mint and berries in a glass and use a wooden spoon to muddle them together. Top the glass with ice and seltzer before adding a garnish (if desired) and serving. When deciding on which berries to add to your mojito, I would say strawberries, blackberries and blueberries (combined or alone) add a nice splash of sweetness to the cocktail. For those who prefer mocktails, swap out the rum for an extra splash of seltzer or Sprite.