The Raven

I need a switch from apple cider mode and, of course, want something to stir up some Halloween spirit.  After starting to experiment with Halloween sangria, and dark fruit, I sought out a beverage that used blackberry.  Not sure why, but I was also compelled to make something with rum.  My search brought me to The Raven, which is a variation on the traditional mojito.  I liked the way it looked…but I was especially curious about trying the combination of blackberry, mint, and rum.

The Raven

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy-moderate
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Credit: Julip Made


  • 6 fresh blackberries
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 1 ½ oz white rum
  • 3 ½ oz no sugar added cranberry juice
  • ½ oz blackberry syrup


  1. Put 3 blackberries and 3-4 mint leaves into a cocktail shaker and muddle.
  2. Add rum, cranberry juice, blackberry syrup, and ice.
  3. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass or coupe.
  4. Garnish with remaining blackberries and mint if desired.


I opted to modify the original recipe by adding in the blackberry syrup but feared that it might be a little too sweet.  However, the rum I used (by my local distiller, Deacon Giles), in combination with the subtle flavor of mint, really helped to tone that down.  It has a clean taste (again, maybe that is the mint) and was delightful to drink. Due to the extra effort required to muddle the ingredients, I can’t envision myself making and serving multiple rounds of these.  But, you know, I think it would be a great cocktail to kick off my duty as the Halloween candy giver…before switching over to the sangria perhaps?


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