If you’re looking for a refreshing and unique twist on the classic mojito try this blueberry lavender mojito recipe!
This recipe combines the sweetness of blueberries with the calming aroma of lavender. It’s a perfectly flavor-balanced cocktail that’s sure to impress your guests.
You can also make this delicious drink as a “mocktail” by just leaving out the rum!!!
Whether you’re hosting a summer barbecue or just want to enjoy a delicious drink on a hot day, this blueberry lavender mojito is the perfect choice.
So let’s get started and learn how to make this tasty rum cocktail!
Where Did Mojitos Originate?
The exact origins of the mojito are somewhat disputed, but it is widely recognized as a traditional Cuban cocktail.
The history of this refreshing rum drink goes back to the 16th century when Spanish explorers and settlers arrived in Cuba.
It is said that the cocktail was initially consumed for its medicinal properties. It contained lime juice (which provided vitamin C to combat scurvy), mint (used for digestive purposes), and rum (used as a disinfectant).
So it’s basically a very healthful adult beverage, lol!!
The mojito gained popularity in Cuba during the 19th century and became associated with Havana’s bars and restaurants.
It was enjoyed by locals and eventually gained international recognition as well.
In the early 20th century, the mojito began to be enjoyed by American tourists visiting Cuba, further spreading the popularity of this summertime drink.
When I drink a mojito I get tropical vibes and it feels like I’m on vacation!!!
What are the Ingredients in a Blueberry Lavender Mojito Recipe?
To make a blueberry lavender mojito, you will need the following ingredients…
Blueberry Lavender Simple Syrup
Use fresh or frozen blueberries and fresh or dried culinary grade lavender to make the simple syrup!
One cup of blueberries is required but you can use more for even more delicious blueberry flavor!
Use one tablespoon fresh lavender blooms or one teaspoon dried culinary grade lavender.
The simple syrup also needs one cup of water and one cup granulated sugar!!
Can You Grow Lavender at Home to Use in this Blueberry Lavender Mojito Recipe?
I live in Wisconsin which has a cool climate and cold winters. Growing lavender in Wisconsin can be a bit challenging.
However, with proper care and the right selection of lavender varieties, it is still possible to grow lavender successfully. Here are some tips for growing lavender in a cool climate region.
Varieties to Plant
Select lavender varieties that are known to tolerate colder climates. English varieties are generally more cold-hardy and better suited for cooler climates.
Lavender thrives in full sun, so choose a planting location that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day. Ensure the site has well-draining soil to prevent waterlogging.
Lavender prefers well-draining soil with good fertility. If your soil has poor drainage add organic matter like compost or well-rotted manure to improve drainage and provide nutrients.
If your soil has heavy clay or poor drainage, consider planting lavender in raised beds or containers filled with well-draining potting mix. This allows better control over soil conditions and drainage.
Lavender is best planted in spring after the danger of frost has passed. This gives the plants a chance to establish their root systems before winter.
Provide enough space between lavender plants to allow for air circulation and prevent moisture buildup, which can lead to diseases. Typically, space plants about 2 to 3 feet apart.
Lavender prefers slightly dry conditions and can be sensitive to excessive moisture. Water the plants deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Avoid overhead watering, as lavender foliage is susceptible to fungal diseases.
Apply a layer of mulch around the lavender plants before winter to protect the roots from extreme cold temperatures. Use a loose mulch, such as straw or pine needles, and avoid heavy mulches that can retain moisture.
Prune lavender plants in early spring to remove any dead or damaged growth. Additionally, prune lightly after flowering to maintain a compact and bushy shape.
In colder regions like Wisconsin lavender plants may benefit from additional winter protection. Techniques such as covering the plants with burlap or creating windbreaks can help shield them from harsh winter conditions.
Can You Grow Lavender Indoors?
Yes, it is possible to grow lavender indoors, although it can be more challenging than growing it outdoors due to the plant’s preference for full sun and well-draining soil.
Growing lavender indoors may require more attention and adjustments to mimic outdoor conditions. But with proper care, you can enjoy the beauty and fragrance of lavender in your indoor space.
Here are some tips for growing lavender indoors:
Choose a suitable variety:
Select a dwarf or compact lavender variety that is better suited for indoor growing. English lavender varieties, such as ‘Hidcote’ or ‘Munstead,’ are often good choices due to their smaller size.
Provide ample sunlight:
Place the lavender plant in the sunniest location possible. Preferably near a south-facing window that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day. If natural light is limited, you can supplement with fluorescent or LED grow lights to provide the necessary light intensity and duration.
Use well-draining soil:
Lavender requires well-draining soil to prevent root rot. Use a potting mix specifically designed for succulents or cacti. Or create a custom mix by combining regular potting soil with perlite or coarse sand to improve drainage.
Choose the right container:
Select a container with drainage holes to ensure excess water can escape. Terracotta pots are a good choice. They are porous and help with moisture regulation. Choose a container that is slightly larger than the lavender plant’s root ball to provide room for growth.
Lavender prefers slightly dry conditions, so avoid overwatering. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again. When watering, thoroughly moisten the soil, but make sure the excess water drains out of the pot.
Provide good air circulation:
Adequate air circulation is important for indoor lavender. Place the plant in an area with good air movement to prevent the buildup of moisture and reduce the risk of fungal diseases.
Maintain proper humidity:
Lavender prefers lower humidity levels, so avoid placing it in humid areas such as near kitchen sinks or bathrooms. If the air indoors is too dry, you can increase humidity around the plant by placing a tray of water nearby or using a humidifier.
Trim back the lavender plant regularly to maintain its shape and encourage bushier growth. Pruning also helps to prevent the plant from becoming leggy.
Lavender does not require heavy feeding. Apply a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength once every two to four weeks during the growing season (spring and summer).
Watch for pests:
Keep an eye out for common indoor pests like aphids or spider mites. If necessary, treat the infestation with an organic insecticidal soap or an appropriate pest control method.
Where Can I Buy Culinary-Grade Lavender?
When purchasing dried lavender, ensure that it is specifically labeled as food grade or culinary grade. This will ensure its safety and suitability for cooking and baking purposes.
Food grade dried lavender can be purchased from various sources. Here are a few options:
Specialty Food Stores:
Check local specialty food stores, gourmet shops, or organic food stores in your area. They often carry culinary-grade dried lavender in their herb or spice sections.
Visit farmers’ markets, as some vendors may sell dried culinary lavender or provide information on local suppliers who offer it.
Many online retailers specialize in selling culinary herbs, spices, and botanicals. Search for reputable online stores that offer food grade dried lavender. Make sure to read reviews and product descriptions to ensure the quality and suitability for culinary use.
Herbal or Tea Shops:
Some herbal or tea shops carry dried lavender, particularly those that specialize in selling various herbs for culinary purposes or herbal teas.
Local Farms or Lavender Farms:
Depending on your location, there might be local farms or lavender farms that sell dried lavender directly to consumers. Check for nearby farms or lavender festivals where you may find culinary-grade dried lavender.
Ingredients for Mixing the Drink
In addition to the simple syrup used in this refreshing cocktail you’ll use 8-10 fresh mint leaves.
What Kind of Mint Should be Used in a Mojito?
Traditionally, spearmint is used in a mojito. Its fresh and aromatic flavor pairs well with the other ingredients in the cocktail, providing a refreshing and minty taste.
Spearmint has bright green leaves and a slightly sweet taste with hints of citrus.
Variations of mojitos can also be made with other mint varieties, such as peppermint or even a combination of different mints.
I have even found specialty mojito mint at my local greenhouse! I love to use this type of mint in my mojitos!!
The choice of mint can slightly alter the flavor profile of the mojito. Feel free to experiment and find your preferred mint variety for your perfect mojito.
How Can I Grow Mint in my Garden for the Blueberry Lavender Mojito Recipe?
Growing mint is relatively easy and can be done in a variety of settings, including in containers or directly in the ground. Here are the basic steps to grow mint:
Choose a planting location:
Mint prefers partial shade to full sun, although it can tolerate some shade. Ensure the soil is well-draining, as mint does not like soggy conditions.
Obtain mint plants:
You can start mint from seeds, but it is often easier to purchase young mint plants from a nursery or garden center. Alternatively, you can propagate mint from cuttings taken from an existing plant.
Prepare the soil:
If you’re planting in the ground, loosen the soil and amend it with organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure. This helps improve drainage and provides nutrients. If you’re using containers, make sure they have drainage holes and fill them with a good quality potting mix.
Plant the mint:
Dig a hole or create a space in the soil that is large enough to accommodate the mint plant’s root ball. Place the plant in the hole at the same depth it was previously growing and backfill with soil. Gently press the soil around the base of the plant to secure it.
Water the mint:
Give the newly planted mint a thorough watering to settle the soil around the roots. Afterward, water the mint regularly to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Mint has a high water requirement, especially during hot and dry periods.
Maintain the mint:
Mint is a fast-growing plant that can spread vigorously. To prevent it from taking over your garden, consider planting it in containers or in an area where you can easily control its growth. Regularly trim the mint to encourage bushiness and prevent it from becoming leggy.
Once the mint plants have grown sufficiently, you can start harvesting the leaves. Simply pinch or cut off the leaves near the stem. Regular harvesting promotes new growth and keeps the plant healthy.
In colder climates, mint may die back during winter. However, it often resprouts in spring. Consider covering the plants with mulch or moving container-grown mint indoors to protect it during the winter months.
By following these steps, you should be able to successfully grow and enjoy your own fresh mint at home.
Can you Grow Mint Indoors?
Yes, mint can be successfully grown indoors, making it a great herb to have in your indoor garden or kitchen. Here are some tips for growing mint indoors:
Choose a suitable container:
Select a pot or container with good drainage holes to prevent waterlogging. Ensure it is large enough to accommodate the mint plant’s root system and allow for some growth.
Use well-draining soil:
Fill the container with a high-quality, well-draining potting mix. You can also mix in some perlite or sand to improve drainage.
Find a sunny spot:
Place the mint plant in a location that receives at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight each day. If natural sunlight is limited, you can supplement with fluorescent or LED grow lights placed a few inches above the plant.
Mint likes consistently moist soil but avoid overwatering. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Ensure excess water drains from the bottom of the container.
Provide adequate humidity:
Mint appreciates higher humidity levels. You can increase humidity by placing a tray of water near the plant or using a humidifier.
Trim the mint plant regularly to encourage bushy growth and prevent it from becoming leggy. Harvesting the leaves for culinary use also helps keep the plant in check.
Mint benefits from occasional fertilization to promote healthy growth. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer, following the package instructions.
Watch for pests:
Keep an eye out for common indoor pests like aphids or spider mites. If necessary, treat the infestation with an organic insecticidal soap or another suitable pest control method.
Rotate the plant:
To ensure even growth and prevent the plant from leaning towards the light source, rotate the container every few days.
With proper care and attention, you can enjoy fresh mint leaves from your indoor mint plant throughout the year.
Other Ingredients in the Blueberry Lavender Mojito Recipe
What’s a mojito without lots of tangy lime flavor? The juice of 1 large lime will be used to make this lovely summertime cocktail!
Rum gives this refreshing cocktail it’s punch! Use 2 ounces rum or a splash more if you’re wanting to feel just a little more groovy!
Use 4-6 ounces of club soda or sparkling water. If you like a sweeter drink you can use 7-up or some other type of lemon-lime soda.
You’ll need a glass full of ice cubes to make this drink. “Ice makes the drink” is a favorite saying a dear friend of ours used to say!
Optional garnishes like fresh blueberries, sprigs of fresh mint, sprigs of lavender, and lime wedges also add the finishing touch to this thirst-quenching cocktail!!
Different Types of Rum to Use in the Blueberry Lavender Mojito Recipe
Traditionally, a light or silver rum is used.
Light rum has a mild flavor and works well with the other ingredients. This type of rum allows the fresh flavors of mint and lime to shine through. It is a versatile rum that pairs nicely with the refreshing nature of a mojito.
White or silver rum is typically unaged or lightly aged, giving it a clean and crisp profile. It is commonly used in classic mojito recipes and is widely available at liquor stores.
That being said, you can also experiment with different types of rum to personalize your mojito.
Use aged rum or flavored rum, such as coconut or spiced rum, to add a unique twist to the cocktail. Ultimately, the choice of rum depends on your taste preferences and desired flavor. Have fun experimenting!!
Making the Blueberry Lavender Mojito Recipe
You’ll need to make the simple syrup ahead of time and allow it to cool before using it in this blueberry lavender mojito recipe!
Making the Blueberry Lavender Simple Syrup
To make blueberry lavender simple syrup, follow these steps:
In a saucepan, combine the blueberries, water, and granulated sugar.
Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer. Stir occasionally to dissolve the sugar.
Once the sugar has dissolved, reduce the heat to low.
Add in the lavender blossoms and let the mixture simmer for about 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavors to infuse.
After simmering, remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture cool for a few minutes.
Set a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth over a bowl or jar to strain the syrup. Pour the syrup through the strainer, pressing the blueberries and lavender flowers to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids.
Allow the syrup to cool completely, and then transfer it to a bottle or jar for storage.
It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Now you have homemade blueberry lavender simple syrup that you can use in various cocktails, including your blueberry lavender mojito!
What Are Some Other Uses for Blueberry Lavender Simple Syrup?
If you happen to have leftover blueberry lavender simple syrup it can be used in various creative ways beyond just cocktails. Here are some ideas for using it:
Besides using the syrup in a blueberry lavender mojito, you can add it to other beverages. Mix it into lemonade, iced tea, or sparkling water for a refreshing twist. You can even drizzle it over pancakes or waffles for a fruity and floral syrup alternative.
Incorporate the syrup into your dessert recipes. Use it as a topping for ice cream or yogurt. Mix it into whipped cream to create a flavorful and colorful garnish for cakes, pies, or parfaits. You can also drizzle it over fruit salads or incorporate it into fruit-based desserts like panna cotta or cheesecake.
Create a unique salad dressing by combining the blueberry lavender syrup with olive oil, vinegar (such as balsamic or white wine vinegar), and a pinch of salt. Toss it with your favorite greens, nuts, and cheese for a vibrant and flavorful salad.
Marinades and Glazes:
Use the syrup as a component in marinades or glazes for meats, poultry, or roasted vegetables. Combine it with ingredients like soy sauce, garlic, and ginger for a sweet and savory flavor profile. Brush it onto grilled or roasted foods during cooking for a delicious glaze.
Not all beverages need alcohol to be enjoyable. Mix the blueberry lavender syrup with soda water or sparkling water for a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage. You can also create mocktail versions of your favorite cocktails by substituting the alcohol with the syrup.
Remember to adjust the quantity of syrup based on your taste preferences and the specific recipe you’re using. Get creative and have fun experimenting with different ways to use the leftover blueberry lavender simple syrup!
Mix the Blueberry Lavender Mojito Recipe!
To make a blueberry lavender mojito drink, follow these steps:
Use a cocktail shaker or a sturdy glass. Muddle together the mint leaves, lime juice, and 2-3 ounces of the blueberry lavender simple syrup. Use a muddler or the back of a spoon to gently crush and mix the ingredients, releasing their flavors.
Here is a quick video showing how to muddle the ingredients together for this blueberry lavender mojito recipe!
Add the rum. Stir well to combine.
Fill a glass with ice cubes. Strain the mixture from the shaker into the glass.
Top off the glass with club soda or sparkling water, filling it to the brim.
Here is a quick video of adding the final ingredients in the blueberry lavender mojito recipe!
Give the drink a gentle stir to mix the layers together.
Optional: Garnish the drink with fresh blueberries, sprigs of mint and lavender, and lime wedges.
Serve your blueberry lavender mojito immediately and enjoy!
Remember, you can adjust the quantities of ingredients to suit your taste preferences. Feel free to experiment and make it your own!
Check out my Traditional Mojito recipe too!
Blueberry Lavender Mojito Recipe
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- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 8-10 fresh mint leaves
- 1 tablespoon fresh lavender flowers or 1 teaspoon culinary-grade dried lavender
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 3-4 ounces blueberry lavender simple syrup
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 ounces 60 ml of silver or white rum
- 4-6 ounces 120-180 ml of club soda or sparkling water
- Ice cubes
- Fresh blueberries
- Sprigs of fresh mint and lavender
- Lime wedges
- To make blueberry lavender simple syrup, follow these steps:
- In a saucepan, combine the blueberries, water, and granulated sugar.
- Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer. Stir occasionally to dissolve the sugar.
- Once the sugar has dissolved, reduce the heat to low.
- Add in the lavender blossoms and let the mixture simmer for about 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavors to infuse.
- After simmering, remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture cool for a few minutes.
- Set a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth over a bowl or jar to strain the syrup. Pour the syrup through the strainer, pressing the blueberries and lavender flowers to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids.
- Allow the syrup to cool completely, and then transfer it to a bottle or jar for storage.
- It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
- To make a blueberry lavender mojito drink, follow these steps:
- In a cocktail shaker or a sturdy glass, muddle together 3-4 ounces simple syrup and the mint leaves. Use a muddler or the back of a spoon to gently crush and mix the ingredients, releasing their flavors.
- Squeeze the juice of one lime into the shaker and add the rum. Stir well to combine.
- Fill a glass with ice cubes. Strain the mixture from the shaker into the glass, ensuring the ice cubes remain in the glass.
- Top the glass with club soda or sparkling water, filling it to the brim.
- Give the drink a gentle stir to incorporate the club soda.
- Optional: Garnish the drink with fresh blueberries, sprigs of mint, and lime wedges.
- Serve your blueberry lavender mojito immediately and enjoy!
- Remember, you can adjust the quantities of ingredients to suit your taste preferences. Feel free to experiment and make it your own!