So, here’s the deal. There’s a reason John pretty much makes all the awesome things in this house, including mixed drinks. He wrote out this amazingly delicious recipe for a blueberry honeydew beerjito and all I had to do was recreate it the next day (aka, when there was some lovely natural light for food photography). Simple task, right?
Well, don’t let the pictures fool you. I missed a fairly major key ingredient in a cocktail, especially a mojito: the ice. I know, I know. Who forgets the ice?
What’s even funnier is that I made it once, realized I forgot the ice, and – since I wasn’t happy with my first run anyway – decided to make another one with ice so everything would be perfect… and then forgot the ice again. I have no excuse.
By the time I realized I had forgotten the ice (again), I had already finished the drink and, unfortunately, had used up the last of the limes and mint. Ugh. So I kept my fingers crossed that the pictures might still be lovely enough to post as planned and I’m fairly happy with the results (especially for a smartphone camera).
So, long story long, we made a blueberry honeydew beerjito in anticipation of National Mojito Day!
Since it’s Blueberry Bison Month, we (of course) had to have a blueberry element. We really wanted to go the extra mile and add a bison element by using a Bison Organic Beer, but it’s been super difficult to track down here in Cleveland, so we went with an old favorite instead – Red Stripe!
For those who haven’t tried a beerjito before, the beer basically takes the place of the soda in a traditional mojito and, to be honest, gives it a little bit of balance. A mojito is a pretty sweet drink and the beer kind of evens that out and gives the drink another dimension of flavor (which you know we’re all about in this house!). With the craft beer craze going on right now, you could really make an exceptionally flavorful beerjito depending on which beer you use – for example, you could use a chocolate beer and a caramel rum to create a dessert-jito!
*which is super easy: literally just throw some honeydew in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth!
Muddle your mint leaves, blueberries, sugar, and lime juice (as you would in a regular mojito).
Then add your ice, beer, white rum, and honeydew puree. All that’s left is to stir and enjoy — or, as I’ve learned, let your super capable chef partner make one for you 😉