Get ready to drink the best Passover seder wine you’ve had in ages! This Blackberry Basil Manischewitz Mojitos is everything and then some. Here’s how to make this cocktail.
Here’s what Jaclyn, had to say about this recipe:
Blackberry Basil Manischewitz Mojitos?
Yup. Try saying that three times fast!
Today is Cocktail Friday: The Passover Edition!
I’ve always had a soft spot for Manischewitz, the syrupy-sweet berry-flavored wine that’s a staple at any Jewish holiday meal. I had my first taste at a Passover seder when I was about seven, and I’ve been smitten ever since.
As far as I know, there are four different flavors of Manischewitz: blackberry, cherry, concord grape and elderberry. They’re all tasty, but for me, blackberry wins. Always. It tastes just like blackberry jam!
…Although I must say that equal parts blackberry and concord grape is close second. I’ve done quite a few experiments. I consider myself a pioneer in the burgeoning field of Manischewitz wine research. Science!
So. Manischewitz is really sweet stuff. I happen to love it, but I’m a big fan of sweet wines. You can always make like an 80′s housewife and add some seltzer for a nice little Seder Spritzer.
Or, you could make this year’s seder a bit more cosmopolitan and serve these blackberry basil manischewitz mojitos! Look at how fancy you are.
Note: these mojitos aren’t meant at all to replace or stand in for the traditional cups of wine served at a seder! These are much better suited for pre or post seder enjoyment, mmkay?
I’ve replaced the traditional mint in a mojito with basil, because I love the herbaceous, earthy tones it lends to the drink. Fresh blackberries, basil, natural cane sugar and plenty of fresh lime are muddled together and topped off with white rum, Manischewitz and a splash of seltzer for an effervescent finish. Oh yes.
Are you more partial to cherry Manischewitz? That’s cool. Substitute fresh cherries, maybe some kaffir lime leaves and you’ve got yourself a damn fine play on a cherry limeade.
And hey. I should warn you that these blackberry basil Manischewitz mojitos are pretty potent beverages, so feel free to cut back on the amount of rum or add a bit more sugar if need be.
- 5 fresh blackberries
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 tablespoon natural cane sugar
- 5-6 fresh basil leaves, washed and torn
- 1 ounce white rum
- 1 ounce Manischewitz blackberry wine
- seltzer, to top off
- Combine the blackberries, lime juice, sugar, and basil in the bottom of a clean high ball glass.
- Muddle the ingredients together until the berries have been crushed. You can use the back of a spoon or a muddler.
- Add crushed ice halfway up the glass, and add the rum and Manischewitz wine, stirring to combine.
- Top off with seltzer, and garnish with a lime wedge.
* This recipe was originally published on 03/2012 by Jaclyn. Notes and updated photos coming soon.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 15gProtein: 1g
* Please note that all nutrition information are just estimates. Values will vary among brands, so we encourage you to calculate these on your own for the most accurate results.