As you can tell, this is not your traditional Mojito! Not just because of the flavors either. This mojito is made with Vodka. Ya, ya.. there’s plenty of you who are now saying, “It’s not a mojito unless it is made with rum.” And normally, I would agree with you, but…. I get to make the rules and we are calling this one a mojito! It’s got all ofthe refreshing qualities of the island drink and still must be made with the same care. This cocktail was featured last weekend at Kapow Noodle Bar and was a very popular addition. The lavender is stronger than the blueberry flavor which gives it a very unique quality. This recipe makes about 12 cocktails. It needs to be made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka and I wouldn’t suggest changing it to a different kind. Tito’s is extremely smooth and since the blueberries are not infused for a long amount of time, you will definitely still get the flavor of vodka. If you know Vaughan and I, you know we love out Tito’s. It’s a local distillery from Austin, Texas. The price cannot be beat and neither can the flavor. If you haven’t given Tito’s a try before, I highly recommend you do.
The Good Stuff:
- 1 bottle Tito’s Handmade Vodka
- 2 pints blueberries
- Large glass pitcher
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1 cup evaporated cane juice
- 1 tablespoon lavender
- Tea bag filter or strainer
- 9 ounces lime juice
- Soda Water
The How To:
- Making the blueberry infused vodka: Wash the blueberries thoroughly then dump in the large glass picture. Add Tito’s vodka, cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a cool dark place for 3 days. Strain out vodka back into it’s container and reserve blueberries. Store the blueberries in the fridge until ready to be used.
- Making the Lavender infused simple syrup: Bring water and sugar to a boil, stir, and pull off heat. If you have a tea bag filter, place the lavender inside the filter and sit the filter in the simple syrup. If you do not have a filter simply dump the lavender in the simple syrup, stir and let sit for 2 hours. After 2 hours, strain out lavender and discard. Store simple syrup in a glass container in the fridge. The longer the simple syrup sits, the stronger the lavender will get.
To make the cocktail, in a Collins glass add the following:
- 8-10 mint leaves
- 2 ounces vodka infusion
- 4-5 blueberries that were used in the infusion
- 3/4 ounce lavender simple syrup
- 3/4 ounce lime juice
- Pinch of cardamom
- Lightly muddle the ingredients with about 3 pulses. Top off with ice, fill with soda water and give a quick stir. Garnish with mint leaves and serve.
You will have some simple syrup left over. Use it to sweeten teas or other beverages or play around with different cocktail ideas.
Blueberries infusing in Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
Trying to figure out steeping times for the simple syrup.
Lavender in a tea bag filter.