Blueberry-Plum Vodka Mojitos

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Taking advantage of summer’s offerings with a bit of booze. Martha Stewart originally made this with blackberries but I decided to go with blueberries since we had an amazing amount here at home. Perfect for a poolside party.

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Size: 16 servings

1 1/4 cups of sugar
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 3 lemons)
2 lbs plums, pitted & cut into wedges
18 oz fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh basil leaves, plus more for serving
2 to 3 cups vodka
6 cups sparkling water


Bring sugar and 1 1/4 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved, 3 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool 15 minutes. Syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 month.

Combine lemon juice, fruit, and basil in a bowl. Add syrup; mash lightly to release juices. Refrigerate at least 1 day and up to 4 days.

Combine fruit mixture and vodka in a pitcher or punch bowl; ladle about 1/3 cup into each glass. Fill with ice. Top with sparkling water, garnish with more basil, and serve.


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Author: Emily Sarah Downs

Cuisine Coordinator, Tips From Town, Ridgewood, NJ


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