Prepare individual highball glasses with a slice of lime on the rim, a sprig of mint and 3 blackberries. Any high quality light rum may be substituted. If a sweeter cocktail is desired, leave out the bitters.
3 ounces simple syrup
4 ounces lime juice
2 half pints blackberries
24 mint leaves (spearmint if available)
8 ounces Caña Brava Rum
8 drops Angostura bitters
Shaved, crushed or cubed ice
Blackberries, lime slices, and mint bouquet for garnish
1. Combine the simple syrup, lime juice, blackberries, and mint leaves in a glass. Muddle just until the mint releases its oils and the blackberries have been crushed down.
2. Pour the mixture into a PITCHER, add the rum and bitters. Stir and refrigerate until ready to serve.
3. Just before serving add ice to the pitcher and fill with sparkling water. Add a wedge of lime to the pitcher's edge, a mint bouquet and several whole blackberries for garnish.