Strawberry Mojitos – The Berry Bible

by on July 25, 2010

Every season is a drinking season for us, but Summer is particularly inebriating because, well, it’s hot. But we haven’t experienced the swelling heat like many of our friends on the East Coast. How lucky are we to be in mild So Cal weather? Very lucky, but we’re not bragging. And hey, we have congestion and smog to add to our heat, so there’s always a trade-off with our mild weather!

After a long work day when we’re in town, we spent quite a bit of time in the backyard pulling weeds, trimming excess branches and building up a hefty thirst. Normally we have quite a collection of ice cold bottles of Rose in the fridge, but mixing it up with summer cocktails keeps us inspired and energized to weed some more.

As of late, the mint seeds we sprinkled in the garden is taking off beautifully. An abundance of fresh mint in mojitos cocktails is always a fabulous Summer quencher, but after pulling up a few garden strawberries and an inspiration from The Berry Bible, we changed cocktail directions a bit and made strawberry mojitos.

For berry lovers theres a great new reference and recipe book, appropriately called The Berry Bible. Every single page in this thorough book by author Janie Hibler is helpful for anyone wanting to expand their repertoire for berries, particularly to those to worship berries. Thus, The Berry Bible title.

Classic berries such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are covered in depth, but extra commentary on unique berries make this book even more fascinating. Buffalo berries, cloud berries and josta berries are just a few examples of unique fruits to school you to a higher level of berry knowledge.  The Berry Bible doesn’t have any photographs, but rather, the valuable information, fresh recipes and interesting topics make it a worthy reference to have on your bookshelf.

We found this strawberry mojito in The Berry Bible and were a bit hesitant to stray from the beloved, classic mojito. We even add true Cuban rum to our mojito cocktails. That’s how true our to their origins our mojitos are. But wow, we were really pleased with how wonderful the drinks were with some crushed strawberries. Strawberry mojitos are fabulous!

We’ve found a new favorite, the strawberry mojito. Classic mojitos with a few muddled strawberries and bright lime juice adds a fresh, fruity spectacle to the cocktail. They’re  also beauty in a glass too with the combinations of crushed strawberries and mint leaves. Strawberry mojitos are perfect for our new Summer cocktail repertoire and we can’t wait to  debut them at our garden party next month!

Strawberry Mojito Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 1 cocktail

Total Time: 15 min

Adapted from The Berry Bible

The simple syrup recipe is for a larger batch of simple syrup to keep on hand. It keeps for months in the fridge if you store it in a clean container.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces of simple syrup
  • about 3 fresh strawberries
  • about 4-5 fresh spearmint sprigs (chopped if you prefer smaller mint pieces in your cocktail)
  • soda water
  • 1/2 lime
  • 2 ounces light rum

Directions:

1. In a chilled glass (about 10-12 ounces), muddle the simple syrup, strawberries and mint leaves together with the back of a spoon or muddler. Crush the strawberries and mint leaves well.

2. Squeeze the juice from the lime into the glass, add the rum and stir well. Fill glass with ice and top off with soda water.

3. Garnish with mint sprigs or strawberry slices.

Simple Syrup Recipe

  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 1/4 cups (455g or 1 pound) Sugar
  1. Combine water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside to cool. After cool, store in refrigerator until ready to use.
Recipe Source: WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

1 JelliDonut July 25, 2010 at 3:31 pm

I AM ALL OVER THIS BAD BOY! Sorry. This drink sounds so awesome it made my caps lock stick.

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2 Maria July 25, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Can’t wait to check out this book. I love all berries. Great twist on the traditional mojito!

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3 Jessica @ How Sweet July 25, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Mojitos are one of my favorite drinks and I love when they are infused with flavor. This looks so good.

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4 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best July 25, 2010 at 4:07 pm

This looks like such a refreshing drink! I have to say that your strawberry mojito cocktail must be that much better because the berries are homegrown and have been kissed by the California sun all its life. :)

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5 Lori @ Japan Dish July 25, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Those berries look great! Our weather in my area of Hawaii keeps changing everyday. Today happens to be pretty hot, so that cool drink looks really good!

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6 Edie July 25, 2010 at 6:35 pm

I am from Miami originally and am a hard core Mojito lover. This sounded so good that I had to run out to the local farmers market to get strawberries so I could make this. Absolute heaven.

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7 White on Rice Couple July 25, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Edie- wow, you made them that quick? Glad that you like it! We’re hardcore Mojito lovers too, but the strawberries in it definitely won us over.

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8 TheKitchenWitch July 25, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Assholery! Blatant assholery! I am looking at that gorgeous libation (girly-lighting suits it!) and it’s almost 10pm and not a strawberry in sight over here. That’s just not fair to do to a girl on a hot summer evening. Wicked jealous of your cocktails…and your garden. If you weren’t so cute, I’d hate ya.

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9 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets July 25, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Oh this is almost cruel. We have had 100+ degree weather for at least a week and just lost power (meaning AC and fans) for 4 hours. If only I had this lovely concoction at the end of this ordeal to look forward to. Love mojitos – my favorite cocktail hands down.

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10 Kitt July 26, 2010 at 12:26 am

Yum! So it’s really a regular mojito with strawberries thrown in. In a pinch you could use frozen ones. Or just about any complementary fruit. Watermelon might be nice.

I infuse my simple syrup with mint for extra minty goodness in mojitos. Just toss a handful of sprigs into the hot syrup and muddle them a little. Remove them when the syrup has cooled.

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11 Phoo-D July 26, 2010 at 4:45 am

What a gorgeous drink. I usually like my mojitos simple and traditional but this looks like a version worthy of straying from tradition. I need to find a corner of my garden for mint to take over (since it always does!) next year.

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12 Caitlin July 26, 2010 at 5:17 am

This could actually make me stray from my beloved gin – it looks *that* good. There might be some strawberry hunting at the farmers market next Saturday, just for this.

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13 susan salzman July 26, 2010 at 7:39 am

I had the best mojito this weekend at the Alibi Room. I am now a mojito convert. I am going to make these. They look delicious!

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14 Eliana July 26, 2010 at 7:47 am

What a great way to beat the heat this summer.

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15 Katie @ goodLife {eats} July 26, 2010 at 8:11 am

This is the third time I’ve read about this book in the past month…I’ll take that as a sign that it’s worth the buy. The cover photo alone is pretty alluring! It has been soon hot and humid here. It makes me want to go back to AZ! Isn’t that crazy? It finally rained last night, so hopefully the humidity will go away soon.

I have mojito mint and orange mint planted in a big whiskey barrel with lavender and Thai basil. The mint is overflowing so I guess I better get making something soon!

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16 Hélène July 26, 2010 at 8:31 am

You can not go wrong with those Mojitos, especially on a hot summer night :) The book sounds really good. Thanks for talking about it.

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17 The Healthy Apple July 26, 2010 at 9:00 am

What a wonderful mojito recipe; this sounds fabulous…Have a wonderful day!

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18 bunkycooks July 26, 2010 at 11:43 am

These sounds delightful and perfect for a hot Summer evening. I am fortunate to have lots of blueberries still available locally, so I will have to take a peek at this book and see what else I can make that I haven’t already thought of!

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19 Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle July 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm

There is not enough time to drink all the wonderful fruit based cocktails I’ve seen the past couple of days. Maybe I need to take a day off just to test. Strawberry Mojito for breakfast, my own Lavender Lemon Martini for lunch and then a Watermelon something with liquor for dinner. The day off would be an absolute; not thinking I could accomplish a damn thing else!

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20 Shaina July 26, 2010 at 8:12 pm

I am dying to get my hands on a copy of The Berry Bible. We’ll soon have more raspberries than we can eat, and this looks like it would be the perfect answer.

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21 John July 27, 2010 at 12:41 am

Always been more of a beer guy than a cocktail guy, but those looks so delicious! May have to try this weekend.

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22 Nicolette July 27, 2010 at 10:18 am

Yummy! These could be dangerous, happily dangerous. :)

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23 Stevie July 27, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Those mojitos look delish!

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24 Michelle July 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Gorgeous photos and the drink sounds pretty awesome too!

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25 Joanna in the kitchen July 28, 2010 at 3:12 am

What a mojito option. I’s a great way to turn the regular, boring drink into something sooo coool looking. :-D

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26 Cooking in Mexico July 28, 2010 at 6:43 am

Believe it or not, it has been cooler on the west coast of Mexico than many parts of the US. Nonetheless, these colorful mojitos would be just as welcome. Thank you for the lovely photos.

Kathleen

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27 Jane Ko July 28, 2010 at 7:27 am

Lovelove mojito’s, very refreshing for the summer!
I’m having a giveaway at my food blog, check it out here http://atasteofkoko.blogspot.com/2010/07/ximending-giveaway.html

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28 Sharlene July 28, 2010 at 2:55 pm

My boyfriend just got into making mojitos. I can’t wait to tell him about this new variation it sounds so refreshing (is it possible to be more refreshing than pure mint itself?).

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29 Kim at Rustic Garden Bistro August 1, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Ya know… this might be the PERFECT use for the three or four strawberries we have left in the garden. Our dog (Britta) gets to them before we do. :( Now I know how you guys feel w/ Dante and Sierra!

Happy weekend! (What’s left of it.)

[K]

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30 White on Rice Couple August 1, 2010 at 6:46 pm

That’s why we needed a great use for just a few strawberries. Never going to get enough for a pie or such with the dogs around!

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31 Kristen August 3, 2010 at 6:37 am

One thing I can grow is mint! I have strawberries and mint. I see these lovlies in my future very soon!

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32 Gaby @ What's Gaby Cooking August 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I could totally use one of these right about now!!! And a big giant pool. Plus a raft. Yep… that would be perfect.

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33 Kevin (Closet Cooking) August 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Those look so nice and cool and refreshing and good!

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34 Cindy August 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm

I love mojitoes and yours definitely looks refreshing,
The pictures are so stunning too!

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35 Randall August 4, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Looks damn good, and we always have fresh strawberries around here, and plenty of heat (Southern Louisiana). I think my girl would love this one .

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36 Amelia August 19, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Tried this recipe and it was FANTASTIC! A few other quick & easy strawberry recipes I love: http://eating-made-easy.com/2010/08/19/5-easy-strawberry-recipes/

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37 sheila @ Elements May 18, 2011 at 11:33 am

You can be sure i’ll be making this drink in a few or so when it hopefully gets warm! I can’t wait! Looks so pretty and refreshing! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! :)

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38 Melissa E Earle June 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm

I love this idea, but can you explain what “simple syrup” is? Thank You

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39 White on Rice Couple June 22, 2011 at 6:17 am

Hi Melissa,
Simple syrup is basically a sugar water. We have a quick recipe for simple syrup on this post. Sorry we forgot to add it to the Mojito post. We’ve put it in now. Thanks and enjoy. This is a great summertime cocktail!

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40 christi @burlap and basil July 15, 2011 at 11:30 am

thank you for this great recipe! i featured it in my happy weekend {and am going to make some tomorrow for our day at the beach!}.

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41 the wicked noodle July 20, 2011 at 8:46 am

Thanks for sharing – it looks delicious!

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42 @MOdernisticmom July 31, 2012 at 5:46 pm

@celebrations Strawberry mojito cocktails mmm http://t.co/Rh6r4SwZ #CelebrateBerries

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43 Name June 7, 2014 at 6:07 am

A POUND of sugar?! Probably should be a cup, right?

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44 White on Rice Couple June 7, 2014 at 6:51 am

Actually it is a pound which is about 2 1/4 cups of sugar. You could even do an even 2 cups of sugar to the 2 cups of water if you like to make an even 1:1 water:sugar ratio for the simple syrup. I forgot to mention it in the headnote, but the simple syrup recipe is for a larger batch of simple syrup to keep on hand. It keeps for months in the fridge if you store it in a clean container.

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