Raspberry Basil Mojitos & Cocktail Contest!

Raspberry Mojito

This vibrant Raspberry Mojito with Basil makes a Pitcher of Mojitos that is sure to be the life of the party! It’s the best mojito recipe I’ve tasted, by far. Plus don’t miss this exciting spring contest with fabulous prizes.

Berry season is right around the corner. The flowers are in bloom. It’s time to shake up a refreshing beverage and kickback on the deck, soaking up the sun.

I’ve mentioned before, I’m not much of a drinker. But if there was ever a cocktail I crave, it’s a mojito! Light, fizzing, limey sweetness with a punch of fresh herbs. I can’t think of a better drink to sip in the spring.

Pitcher of Mojitos

A pitcher of mojitos, a few seasonal snacks, and you have a party in the making.

This particular batch is the BEST mojito recipe I’ve come up with. Subbing fresh basil leaves for the traditional mint, and the punch of raspberry flavor from Chambord, makes a killer Raspberry Mojito. The raspberry flavor accentuates the limey essence, but does not overpower it. Then the sweet basil leaves offer a refreshing earthy note that balances the acidity of the limes.

How to Make Mojitos

This past weekend we had friends over to taste-test this recipe. It was unanimously agreed that these Raspberry Mojitos are special. Dangerously special.

Best Mojito RecipePin It

So much so, that I’ve changed my original by-the-glass recipe to make a whole pitcher of mojitos.

Raspberry Mojitos are my new favorite thing. Watch out, they might be your new favorite thing as well!

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Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Pitcher of Mojitos ~ Raspberry Mojito

Ingredients:

1 cup simple syrup ( 3/4 cup sugar + 3/4 cup water, heated to dissolve)
1/2 cup torn basil leaves
1 cup FRESH key lime juice (use regular limes for slightly less acidity)
2 cups white rum
1/4 cup Chambord (raspberry liquor)
1 liter club soda
ice
fresh raspberries and lime slices to garnish

Directions:

Pour the cooled simple syrup in a large pitcher and add the torn basil leaves. Use a large spoon/ladle to muddle the basil leaves so they release their flavor--beat them up pretty well.

Add the lime juice, rum and Chambord. Stir.

Add the club soda, stir, and top with ice if the pitcher allows.

To serve: Garnish each glass with fresh berries and lime slices. Serve over ice or chilled without ice.

Basil Mojitos

I’m excited to announce a fun Spring Cocktail Contest, starting today and running through the end of April. This is your chance to share your favorite beverage recipe right here on A Spicy Perspective, and enter to win luxurious crystal glasses and cocktail-fame!

At the end of the month 2 winning beverages will be selected for:

The Best Spring Cocktail

The Best Spring Non-Alcoholic Beverage

Each winner will receive 4 Crystal Villeroy & Boch Modern Grace Martini Glasses as seen above ($100 value) + your recipe and photo will be featured on the Villeroy & Boch Blog this spring. (If you do not have photos available–no worries! I will make and shoot your cocktail for the V&B blog post.)

To Enter:

Link your Spring Beverage Recipe using the link tool below (then leave a comment with the beverage title.)

OR… Type your recipe in the comments below.

Each participant may enter up to four beverages. Winners will be selected April 30th.

GOOD LUCK and CHEERS!

CONTEST CLOSED. Winning Beverages are: Frozen Tart Cherrytini and Guava Hibiscus Soda!

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72 Responses to “Raspberry Basil Mojitos & Cocktail Contest!”

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    bake your day — April 12, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    I’m not much of a drinker but I love a good mojito, any flavor will do for me!

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    Eileen — April 12, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    Wow! It’s 5 o’clock somewhere – my motto :)

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    Jessica @ portuguese girl cooks — April 12, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    Done. These look so good. Beautiful photos.

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    Bakeaholic — April 12, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    I love, love mojitos! In a few months time I’ll be able to enjoy them again! I’ll have to make your wonderful looking raspberry version!

    Here’s one of my favorite cocktails to serve:

    Fruity White Wine Spritzer
    Delicious and festive, everyone always raves about this fruity cocktail!

    1 Bottle of white wine
    3 oranges sliced (or 1 cup orange juice)
    2/3 cup white sugar
    1 lemon (sliced into wedges)
    1 lime (sliced into wedges)
    6-8 strawberries, washed, trimmed
    1/2 liter club soda or Pierre

    Pour wine, OJ and sugar into the pitcher, stir. Squeeze the juice from the lemon and lime wedges into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible. I like to add fresh slice of both for a prettier presentation). Stir in strawberries. Chill overnight. Add club soda or Pierre just before serving.

    If you’d like to serve right away, use chilled white wine and serve over lots of ice.

    Addition ideas: Add sliced peaches, a handful of fresh blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, a shot or two of gin, brandy or rum, a cup of citrus-flavored soda pop….

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    • Sommer — April 12th, 2012 @ 8:20 am

      Oooo, that sound SO good!

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    Paula- bell'alimento — April 12, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    Sommer that mojito looks so refreshing! I can’t wait to start putting all my fresh mint to use!

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    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — April 12, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    I’m not much of drinker but I love a good mojito on a warm summer night. This looks beautiful! I never had a raspberry mojito before so I am anxious to have a gathering to give this a try! I entered my Meyer Lemon Prosecco with Limoncello into the contest! Thanks! :)

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 12, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    Holy mojito! These look amazing, Sommer. A mojito is my favorite drink and these look absolutely divine. Thanks for sharing!

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    Carolyn — April 12, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    I lurrrrve mojitos. Pinning this one!!!

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    kale @ tastes good to me! — April 12, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    I just love your glasses! They are beautiful and show off these fabulous mojitos so well. Those raspberries are a great touch, too!

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    Kiri W. — April 12, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    Oh, this looks so wonderfully refreshing, clear and gorgeously appropriate for warm weather :) Well done!

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    Juliana Walters — April 12, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

    Those are some of the most beautiful cocktail photos I have ever seen!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — April 12, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    Your drink looks so good! Mojitos is one of my all time favorites. Now you have me inspired to try to make a new cocktail, how fun will that be? I’ll get to work and than post it to your link. Thank you so much for letting me know about it. By the way, I have to try your drink.

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — April 12, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    This drink looks so refreshing! I love fruity mojitos!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — April 12, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    Oh, just realized it says to leave the beverage title in the comments. Mine is the Peach Grapefruit Sangria.

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — April 12, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

    I want one now!! Great post and giveaway

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    Eliot — April 12, 2012 @ 5:54 pm

    This sounds wonderful. I love a good mojito too. Can’t wait to get some fresh raspberries!

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    30A EATS — April 12, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

    How refreshing! What a terrific recipe! I could get hooked too!

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    MIss @ Miss in the Kitchen — April 12, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    This is so fun and those glasses are gorgeous!

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    Kathy - Panini Happy — April 12, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

    I love a good mojito! These sound incredible…especially with the basil. I wish I had a good cocktail to submit in the contest (alas, I’m not much of a bartender) but I’d sure go for one of these!

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    Donna @ Cookistry — April 12, 2012 @ 11:49 pm

    Pretty in Pink (it’s a plummy drink!)

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    Donna @ Cookistry — April 12, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

    Couldn’t decide, so I added my Tart Cherry Cordial as well.

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — April 13, 2012 @ 1:22 am

    I need one of those mojitos! I linked up my Normand Fizz Cocktail.

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    the wicked noodle (@thewickednoodle) — April 13, 2012 @ 6:53 am

    I LOVE mojitos – they’re one of my all time faves! Can’t wait to try yours. I especially love cocktails that you can make as a pitcher like this one. We’re throwing a big barbecue over Memorial Day and giving prizes away for the best cocktails – I’m going to make this for everyone!

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    Jeanette — April 13, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    Sommer – love how beautiful all your photos came out!

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    Kristen — April 13, 2012 @ 7:27 am

    Oh my goodness… those glasses are gorgeous and so is your cocktail! I linked up my Creamy Limoncello. Thanks!

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    Kristen — April 13, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    I also entered the Whipped Root Beer Float Cocktails. Love those glasses! Thanks!

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    Melanie @ Nutritious Eats — April 13, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    Wow- those are seriously gorgeous photos- can you please teach me how to take photos this good?! So clear…I feel like I can just reach through the computer screen and grab it! I will definitely have to try this recipe.

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    spiceblogger — April 13, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    Gorgeous photos! I added my strawberry mojito made with Louisiana strawberries and fresh mint from my garden :)

    Happy Friday!
    –Shelley

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    Sabrin@LouLou Sucre — April 13, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    Great idea and a fabulous giveaway. I’ve linked my blackberry lemonade martini. Hope you like it.

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    Megan — April 13, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    Since I’m pregnant, here’s what I’ll be drinking for half the summer:

    Non-Alcoholic “Margarita”

    1 can frozen limeade
    1/2 can sprite
    2 cups frozen strawberries
    the pulp of two limes
    a few mint leaves to taste

    Blend it all up and enjoy!

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    Laura — April 13, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    I submitted my strawberry margaritas. I can’t get enough of them, and I just know they’ll be even better with local strawberries when they are available in another couple of weeks. Those mojitos look fabulous, love raspberry anything!

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    daniela — April 13, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    I must try this, I am not crazy about mint so this will be a perfect solution for me!

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — April 13, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    Wow, beautiful cocktail and photos!

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    Renee @ Tortillas and Honey — April 13, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

    Lovely! I’ve never seen basil used instead of mint in mojitos! I really want to try out this recipe!

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    Meghan — April 13, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    That is one good looking drink! The Chambord must give it a great kick!

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    Marina {YummyMummyKitchen.com} — April 13, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

    These are GORGEOUS! I may go whip one up right now. Hey, it’s 5 on the east coast ;)

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    Liz — April 13, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

    Oh, Sommer, you’ve done it again! While I enjoy an occasional mojito, these are really calling my name! Using basil and adding berries/berry liqueur sounds amazing!!!

    PS…I linked up a Frangelico Truffle Cocktail

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    Christy @ Confessions of a Culinary Diva — April 13, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

    Lucky for me I’m reading this after 5 so I can imbibe in a cocktail. This looks terrific, and will be added to my list. I love cocktails and they can make an event special! I entered my Meyer Lemon-Aide.

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — April 13, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    That looks incredibly delicious!! Enough said :D

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    Amy — April 14, 2012 @ 5:44 am

    Perfect for an afternoon hanging out with friends!

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    Kris Mullen — April 14, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    I submitted the Lavender Lemonade for a non alcoholic spring beverage. Your mojitos look great! I’ll have to give them a try soon. :)

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    Kris Mullen — April 14, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    I also submitted my cactus key lime soda, guava hibiscus soda and my vegan orange creamsicle shake. Thanks for holding this contest Sommer. There are so many great drinks I can’t wait to try!

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    Kristi Rimkus — April 15, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

    Yum! This looks so refreshing, and I love the basil twist. It’s a nice change from mint.

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    Catalina @ Cake with Love — April 15, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    Great cocktail, and the photos are amazing!

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    vianney — April 16, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

    fun,fun,fun!!!

    vianney

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    NanaBread (Jeanne) — April 17, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    I’m sharing my Lemon Drop Shots. They’re perfectly refreshing for spring, and the perfect cocktail for a Ladies Night gathering. Cheers, ladies!

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    Heather @girlichef — April 17, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    I’m sharing my absolute favorite cocktail, hands-down – Cherry Basil Collins =)

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    Russell at Chasing Delicious — April 18, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    Yummy. This is what I love about having mint in my garden. Now if only I had a lime tree and a rum distillery. I love the addition of raspberry here though.

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    NanaBread (Jeanne) — April 20, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    Mexican Martinis – my favorite cocktail. It’s actually an awesome margarita, shaken over ice in a martini shaker or Mason jar and strained into a martini glass. The jalapeno-stuffed olives really set it off. When you’re done with the drink, they make a great salty, zippy, boozy snack. If you like it dirty, be sure to add some olive juice from the jar. So delicious. Especially with a plate of Mexican food.

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    NanaBread (Jeanne) — April 20, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    Reggae Rainbow – so pretty the way it breaks into natural layers when you make it. Throw in some ice just before serving and top with a paper umbrella and a slice of pineapple. It’s a beach vacation in a glass.

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    Kelly — April 23, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    Summer “Homemade” Sangria

    A deliciously refreshing cold glass of wine and fruit is perfect for a spring or summer day!!

    One bottle of red wine (I recommend a sweet red such as malbec or shriaz)
    2 cups ginger ale
    1 lemon, squeeze the lemon then chop up and add to mix
    1 apple, chopped
    1 orange, peeled and chopped
    Add any other fruits that you would like!

    Leave in fridge for a couple of hours so all the flavors can mix and ENJOY!

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    Kristi Rimkus — April 26, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    Friday can’t come soon enough for me to try this drink. I adore raspberries, so this will be a nice change from the classic mojito!

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    Patrycja — February 17, 2014 @ 7:02 pm

    Beautiful pictures!

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