Champagne Mojito

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1 oz white rum

.5 oz simple syrup  (see note)

.5 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice

2-3 sprigs fresh spearmint

3-4 oz sparkling wine (A dry Spanish cava works well.  Segura Viudas is an excellent affordable option.  Please don’t use Cooks or another rock-bottom cheap brand)

Fresh or frozen strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries.  Fruit can be left whole, but if the strawberries are large, slice them.

Crushed ice


Note:  To make simple syrup, heat equal parts sugar and water until the sugar melts.  Allow to cool.  Keep refrigerated and use within 1-2 weeks.  Don’t buy bottled simple syrup—make it yourself.


Reserve one mint sprig for garnish. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the first four ingredients.  Shake with ice and strain into achampagne flute or tall, skinny Collins glassfilled with a mixture of crushed ice and whole berries.  Top with 3-4 oz sparkling wine and garnish with mint.


To make these in a batch:


Mix about 8 drinks at a time.


Get 8 glasses ready to go, filled with crushed ice and berries.  Then mix:


8 oz rum

4 oz simple syrup

4 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice

A big handful of fresh spearmint


Muddle well in cocktail shaker, then shake over ice and strain about 3 oz into each glass.  Top each with 3-4 oz sparkling wine and garnish with mint.


Update: Since this drink appeared in Sunset magazine, everybody wants to know where to get the glass!  I couldn’t remember where I’d bought mine, but an intrepid reader/drinker/shopper figured it out.  Here they are at Crate & Barrel.




  1. Where can I buy the champagne bubble glasses ?
    It’s the most gorgeous cocktail I’ve ever seen…

    • Haha! I have been looking for hours online for those same glasses! Hope someone can help us!

    • Crate & Barrel carries these bubble champagne glasses. I serve Champagne with a Wild Hibiscus Flower in syrup in them. They make drinks sparkle!

  2. Hi! I knew when Sunset picked that picture that everyone would want the glass! It’s a very thick-stemmed Champagne flute with air bubbles in the stem. I think I got it at Pier One. I just checked their website and don’t see any online, but maybe they have them in the stores. I wish I’d bought more–I use them all the time!

    • Thanks for the reply! I ordered 3 of your books…Drunken Botanist, Wicked Bugs, and Wicked Plants…can’t wait! Will you get to the east coast on a book tour? Hope so and thanks again for the information.

    • Yay !!!!!! Guess I know where I’ll be going today !
      Thank you so much for the reply , looks like gardening will be MUCH MORE FUN this summer … Looking at the world through mojito bubble glasses !!!!

      • Guess what !? The gasses are Crate and Barrel
        Search ” verve ” on their site

        Can’t wait for your book to go with them !

        Cheers !

        • Excuse me !

          GLASSES !

  3. Thanks! And yes, I’ll be on the East Coast–a bunch of tour dates are posted here, and more to come:

  4. I feel like Laura deserves some sort of prize for figuring this out. Well done!


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