Cool down with a refreshing cocktail bursting with summery flavors. This recipe is ideal for an evening hanging out on the porch or with a gathering of friends. Seasonal berries give the cocktail a bright, merry color and flavor; perfect ingredients for the perfect summer day!
Triple Berry Treat
I grow blackberries, blueberries and raspberries in the garden. Some I freeze to enjoy over the cooler months and some become jams and jellies. On an especially hot day of berry picking, I thought “what better way to cool down than with a cocktail!” I fantasized how lovely it would be to have an ice-cold mojito with berry flavors. A handful of my backyard sweet mint would top it off nicely.
Most berries are extremely easy to grow. The only real maintenance I ever have with any of my berry bushes is picking the berries or pruning. Blueberries are a particular favorite of mine and I’ve had my shrubs for over ten years. They produce enough to keep me stocked up year round. Once they are established, I really do not have much to do to maintain them. The same is true for raspberries and blackberries. If you want to get into growing fruit, I highly recommend growing berries, especially strawberries.
You can find tips on growing blueberries here.
How to Make Triple Berry Rum Fizz
You can use any seasonal berry for this cocktail.
- 3/4 cup of mixed berries (I used blueberries, raspberries and blackberries)
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup water
Combine the berries, sugar and water into a saucepan. Simmer all of the ingredients over low heat for 30 minutes. Stir and crush the berries with a wooden spoon every few minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve and, reserving the syrup, discard the berry pulp and seeds. Store the syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
To Make the Cocktail:
- 2 shots rum
- 6 ounces sparkling water
- 2 tablespoons of the Triple Berry syrup (or more if you like it sweeter)
- a squeeze of lime
- a sprig of sweet mint, stems removed and leaves torn
- a few berries for garnish
Combine the ingredients until well blended. You can muddle the mint and berries first if you like. Sit in a nice shady spot (hammock or swing would be perfect) and enjoy!
About the Author
Debbie Wolfe is a mom of two rambunctious boys, wife, and work-at-home mom from Georgia. In her free time (when there is such a thing), she is in the garden or hidden away reading the latest post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama! For interests, Debbie is an obsessive crafter, home chef, and gardener. She is a freelance writer, blogger, and is a co-author and photographer behind the garden blog The Prudent Garden; a collection of tips, crafts, and articles that highlight home gardening.