Summertime mojito drinks

From:  Anna De Souza

Of course – here are some fun ones. I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but totally the best name ever for a TV cooking show host! =)

Black & Blue Mojito
A great summer time Mojito made with Driscoll’s blackberries and blueberries.
2 oz 10 Cane Rum
1 oz lime juice
1 oz simple syrup
3 blackberries
10 blueberries
pinch of mint
Splash of soda water
In a mixing glass, muddle the berries and mint with the lime juice and simple syrup.  Add the 10 Cane rum.  Top with crushed ice.  Add a splash of soda water and stir.  Garnish with mint sprig and additional berries.

70% Chocolate Blood Orange EVOO Cocktail
1.5 oz Hennessy
0.5 oz Frangelico
0.75 oz 70% chocolate & stout reduction
0.25 oz agave nectar
0.25 oz half & half
10 drops Blood Orange infused Olive Oil
Garnish: orange twist
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Top with ice and shake vigorously.  Strain into chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with orange twist.

1.5 oz 1800 Silver tequila
0.75 oz Cointreau
1.5 oz lime juice
1.5 oz agave nectar
Half a ripe avocado
2-3 sprigs of cilantro
Kosher salt / celery salt, for rim *
Lime wedge, for garnish
Kosher / Celery Salt Rim: In a small bowl, mix 1 teaspoon of celery salt with 4 Tablespoons Kosher salt.  Mix well.  To rim the glass, wet outside of Margarita glass with lime wedge and dip into salt mixture.  Set the glass aside.
In a mixing glass, muddle the avocado with the lime juice and agave nectar.  Add the 1800 tequila and Cointreau.  Top with ice and shake vigorously.  Strain into ice-filled, salt-rimmed glass.  Garnish with lime wedge and serve.

Source (recipes / images):  Recipes from “101 Mojitos and Other Muddled Drinks” by Kim Haasarud (Wiley & Sons 2011)