The Blackberry Mojito at La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine Bar

Since there's really no better accessory than a cocktail in your hand, each week brings you a tasty adult beverage from one of our favorite drinking establishments, complete with recipe. This week: The Blackberry Mojito at La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine Bar

The Blackberry Mojito at La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine Bar
Nicole Smith

Whoever says classy cocktails don't happen on Mill Avenue can grab a bar stool at La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine bar and prepare to eat drink your words. 

The Tempe spot's hand-crafted drink list does us a favor by limiting our options to six seasonal favorites, including margaritas, martinis, and of course, the summertime staple, mmm-mojitos.

With a choice of adding freshly muddled fruit to the mix, we opted for the simple seduction of plumply ripened blackberries.

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(Recipe after the jump.)

Ingredients:
1 1/4 oz. Meyers Platinum White Rum
1 oz. sweet & sour
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1/2 of a fresh lime
fresh mint leaves
3 juicy blackberries

In a glass, muddle fresh mint, lime and blackberries, grinding hard enough to release the natural oil from mint leaves and fuse fruit flavors. Add in rum, simple syrup, and sweet & sour. Then topple into shaker in order to shake shake shake it all up.

Strain over fresh ice into a rocks class and granish with a few mint sprigs and a lime wheel, and you'll wish eating your words was always this delicious.

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