The hot weather parade marches on and so do the summer drink recipes. Today, I thought I’d take a page from the kid’s summer playbook and confiscate one of their summertime favorites – the snow cone. Yes, this blueberry mojito might look like something the kiddies would like, but it’s strictly adults only on this one. Although if the kids got their hands on one of these they might settle down for a nap that would give you a nice long break from the insanity.
What’s one of the best parts of summer? The treats of course. As a kid, those summertime treats were also synonymous with carnivals and fairs. Because did anyone’s mom make corn dogs, funnel cakes, fried cheese on a stick, cotton candy or sno cones at home for them? Mine sure didn’t. Those foods and getting sick on the rides (no doubt from eating too much of those same foods) was definitely one of the best parts of being out of school.
Eventually, one of the toy companies got smart and figured out that kids would pester their parents to the point of insanity and make them buy one of those Snoopy snow cone makers, so snow cones could then be made at home. I didn’t have cool parents that bought one for me, but one of my friends had cool parents that got them one. We made one official snow cone and then we just started main lining the flavored sugar syrup. That’s the best part of the snow cone anyway isn’t it? Plus shaving all of that ice was a royal pain in the ass.
Now that we’re adults (at least from an age perspective) our tastes and toys have changed. Sure we still like sweet things over ice, but now those things usually contain alcohol along with the sugar. And instead of a hand cranked plastic ice scraper, we’ve got bar grade blenders on our counters. Wow, I suddenly just got a surge of testosterone.
So my summer drink recipes keep coming and this one is sure to be a crowd favorite.
This blueberry mojito is an homage to that summertime favorite snow cone. Since we’re all grown up now, the simple syrup recipe has been replaced with a fruit syrup (specifically blueberry syrup). I suppose, since there’s no alcohol in the blueberry syrup, you could make this a non-alcoholic blueberry mojito if you’re so inclined…but I’ll make mine with a nice shot, or two, of rum thanks.
The blueberry syrup is easy to make and you can use fresh or frozen berries when you make it up. I recommend using fresh berries, because they’re just beginning to come into season and they just taste so good.
Believe it or not, as with some of my other summer drink recipes, this blueberry mojito snow cone can also be made up in large quantities for a party. You can make the “snow” in your blender and the blueberry syrup on the stove and store them in containers that go into the freezer until you’re ready to mix them up. All you need to do is fluff up the ice with a fork before dishing it into glasses. The blueberry syrup won’t freeze if you add the rum to it before putting it in the freezer. You just need to give that a quick stir before pouring it over the ice.
So how about releasing that inner kid in you this weekend and making up some of these delicious blueberry mojito snow cones?
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Recipe: Blueberry Mojito Adult Snow Cone
For Blueberry Syrup
- 1/2 Cup Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 7-8 Fresh Mint Leaves
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 1/4 Cup Turbinado (Raw) Sugar
Blueberry Mojito Snow Cone
- Pulverized Ice
- 4 Ounces White Rum
- Juice From 1 Lime
For Blueberry Syrup
- Place all of the blueberry syrup ingredients into a small saucepan.
- Heat over medium high heat and stir while the sugar melts. While stirring, smash up the blueberries and bruise the mint leaves.
- Leave the blueberry syrup over heat until you see it begin to thicken (the bubbles will be a bit slower to form).
- Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
- Place a small strainer over a container. Pour the blueberry mixture into the strainer and run a wooden spoon or spatula over the blueberries to separate the juices from the skins and mint leaves. (Toss the skins and mint leaves.)
- At this point you can either cover the syrup and put it in the refrigerator to chill. Or you can mix the rum and lime juice into the syrup and place the container into the freezer to chill faster.
- Add ice cubes to your blender a few at a time (I pulverized 4-6 at a time) and dump the chopped up ice into another container.
- Continue pulverizing the ice until you get the desired amount (I made approximately 2 cups of pulverized ice).
- The ice can then go into the freezer, for later use or you can dish it up immediately.
To Make the Blueberry Mojito Snow Cone
- Spoon ice into a chilled rocks or martini glasses.
- If you didn’t add the rum and lime juice to the blueberry syrup yet, now is the time to stir it in.
- Give the syrup a good stir and pour even amounts over each glass of ice.
- Serve with a sprig of mint, a straw and a small spoon.
I used turbinado sugar in this recipe, but you could use regular granulated sugar in it as well.
You could make up a different kind of fruit syrup and make lots of different flavors. Have fun with this recipe!
Preparation time: 30 minute(s)
Cooking time: 7 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegan
Number of servings (yield): 2
Culinary tradition: USA (General)