Basil Raspberry Mojitos

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. 

Fresh Basil Raspberry Mojitos

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.

Basil Raspberry 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.

Making Basil Raspberry 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.

Fresh Basil Raspberry Mojitos

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

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

Basil Raspberry Mojitos

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time:10 minutes

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  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Add the lime juice, rum and Chambord. Stir. Add the club soda, stir, and top with ice if the pitcher allows.
  3. To serve: Garnish each glass with fresh berries and lime slices. Serve over ice or chilled without ice.
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  2. Patrycjaposted February 17, 2014 at 7:02 pm Reply

    Beautiful pictures!

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  16. Kristi Rimkusposted April 26, 2012 at 7:32 am Reply

    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!

  17. Kellyposted April 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm Reply

    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!

  18. NanaBread (Jeanne)posted April 20, 2012 at 11:38 am Reply

    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.

  19. NanaBread (Jeanne)posted April 20, 2012 at 11:37 am Reply

    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.

  20. Russell at Chasing Deliciousposted April 18, 2012 at 9:17 am Reply

    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.

  21. Heather @girlichefposted April 17, 2012 at 7:05 pm Reply

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

  22. NanaBread (Jeanne)posted April 17, 2012 at 9:49 am Reply

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

  23. vianneyposted April 16, 2012 at 7:17 pm Reply



  24. Catalina @ Cake with Loveposted April 15, 2012 at 9:16 pm Reply

    Great cocktail, and the photos are amazing!

  25. Kristi Rimkusposted April 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm Reply

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

  26. Kris Mullenposted April 14, 2012 at 9:34 am Reply

    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!

  27. Kris Mullenposted April 14, 2012 at 9:24 am Reply

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

  28. Amyposted April 14, 2012 at 5:44 am Reply

    Perfect for an afternoon hanging out with friends!

  29. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted April 13, 2012 at 11:00 pm Reply

    That looks incredibly delicious!! Enough said :D

  30. Christy @ Confessions of a Culinary Divaposted April 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm Reply

    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.

  31. Lizposted April 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm Reply

    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

  32. Marina {}posted April 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm Reply

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

  33. Meghanposted April 13, 2012 at 3:16 pm Reply

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

  34. Renee @ Tortillas and Honeyposted April 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm Reply

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

  35. Jersey Girl Cooksposted April 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm Reply

    Wow, beautiful cocktail and photos!

  36. danielaposted April 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm Reply

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

  37. Lauraposted April 13, 2012 at 11:31 am Reply

    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!

  38. Meganposted April 13, 2012 at 10:42 am Reply

    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!

  39. [email protected] Sucreposted April 13, 2012 at 10:36 am Reply

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

  40. spicebloggerposted April 13, 2012 at 10:16 am Reply

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

    Happy Friday!

  41. Melanie @ Nutritious Eatsposted April 13, 2012 at 9:57 am Reply

    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.

  42. Kristenposted April 13, 2012 at 7:32 am Reply

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

  43. Kristenposted April 13, 2012 at 7:27 am Reply

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

  44. Jeanetteposted April 13, 2012 at 7:24 am Reply

    Sommer – love how beautiful all your photos came out!

  45. the wicked noodle (@thewickednoodle)posted April 13, 2012 at 6:53 am Reply

    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!

  46. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted April 13, 2012 at 1:22 am Reply

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

  47. Donna @ Cookistryposted April 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm Reply

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

  48. Donna @ Cookistryposted April 12, 2012 at 11:49 pm Reply

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

  49. Kathy - Panini Happyposted April 12, 2012 at 11:21 pm Reply

    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!

  50. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted April 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm Reply

    This is so fun and those glasses are gorgeous!

  51. 30A EATSposted April 12, 2012 at 9:03 pm Reply

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

  52. Eliotposted April 12, 2012 at 5:54 pm Reply

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

  53. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted April 12, 2012 at 3:36 pm Reply

    I want one now!! Great post and giveaway

  54. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted April 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm Reply

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

  55. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted April 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm Reply

    This drink looks so refreshing! I love fruity mojitos!

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  57. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted April 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm Reply

    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.

  58. Juliana Waltersposted April 12, 2012 at 12:19 pm Reply

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

  59. kale @ tastes good to me!posted April 12, 2012 at 11:03 am Reply

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

  60. Carolynposted April 12, 2012 at 10:30 am Reply

    I lurrrrve mojitos. Pinning this one!!!

  61. Kiri W.posted April 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm Reply

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

  62. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted April 12, 2012 at 9:51 am Reply

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

  63. Jennifer | Mother Thymeposted April 12, 2012 at 8:27 am Reply

    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! :)

  64. Paula- bell'alimentoposted April 12, 2012 at 8:26 am Reply

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

  65. Bakeaholicposted April 12, 2012 at 8:12 am Reply

    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….

    • Sommerposted April 12, 2012 at 8:20 am Reply

      Oooo, that sound SO good!

  66. Jessica @ portuguese girl cooksposted April 12, 2012 at 8:05 am Reply

    Done. These look so good. Beautiful photos.

  67. Eileenposted April 12, 2012 at 7:39 am Reply

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

  68. bake your dayposted April 12, 2012 at 7:21 am Reply

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