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Mojitos Three Ways

This recipe first appeared in the April/May 2023 issue of eat. drink. Mississippi

Images and food styling by Camille Lowder and Emily Hlavac Green, Recipes courtesy of Lena Abraham and Makinze Gore 

Turn your Day of the Dead celebration into a pick-your-own-cocktail party with mojitos made with strawberry, blueberry, or pineapple. Whatever you choose, it’ll be a good one.  



  • 1/2 c. lime juice 

  • 3 tsp. granulated sugar, divided 

  • 1 bunch fresh mint 

  • 1/4 c. chopped pineapple 

  • 1/4 c. quartered strawberries 

  • 1/4 c. blueberries, plus more for garnish 

  • Ice 

  • 6 oz. white rum, divided 

  • 1 (12-oz.) can seltzer 

  • Pineapple wedge, for garnish 

  • Strawberry, for garnish 

  • Lime slices, for garnish 



  1. Divide the lime juice evenly among three glasses. Add a teaspoon of sugar to each glass and two mint leaves.

  2. Add pineapple to one glass, strawberries to another, and blueberries to the third. Using the back of a wooden spoon, muddle fruit and mint. 

  3. Fill each glass two-thirds full with ice cubes. Add 2 ounces rum to each glass and top with seltzer.  

  4. Garnish with fruit, mint, and lime. 


If you prefer non-alcoholic, we’ve got that too — our blackberry virgin mojito is mighty refreshing and a great fourth option. 

Bonus: Virgin Blackberry Mojito


For the mint syrup: 

  • 1/2 c. packed fresh mint leaves 

  • 1 c. granulated sugar 

  • 1 c. water 


For the mojito: 

  • 1 c. blackberries 

  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar 

  • 1/2 c. lime juice 

  • Ice 

  • 2 (12-oz.) cans seltzer 

  • Fresh mint, for garnish 



  1. In a small pot, crush mint leaves using a wooden spoon. Add sugar and water and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Let boil 3 minutes. Cool to room temperature, then strain out mint leaves, pressing with a wooden spoon to help release all liquid.

  2. Tip blackberries and sugar into a small bowl and use a wooden spoon to crush blackberries until broken down.  

  3. Divide blackberries between 4 glasses. Add 2 tablespoons simple syrup and 2 tablespoons lime juice to each glass. Fill glasses with ice and top off with seltzer, then garnish with mint. 

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