|Cherry Mojito muddled in the glass.|
I’ve been a huge mojito fan for years. Is there a more refreshing and versatile drink? OK…maybe you can name a few…but come on, mojitos are pretty delicious! The citrusy lime with the bit of mint creates a nice base to play with. I’ve changed my basic recipe up with lots of different summer fruits, but this cherry one is probably one of my favorites. The cherries add a nice sweetness to the mojito, but not overly so. They also add great color…and who doesn’t like a pretty drink?
To strain or not to strain? That is the question. I say, “No way!” I love the bits of crushed mint and fruit at the bottom of my drink! My husband does not agree. He prefers his mojito muddled and prepared in a shaker and strained into a glass. Either way…you’ll love it! Make one this weekend while the freshest cherries are in season!
|Cherry Mojito muddled in a shaker and strained.|
8 to 10 fresh mint leaves
6 to 8 fresh cherries, pitted
1 T. sugar
juice of half a lime
1 1/2 to 2 oz. white rum
4 ice cubes
In a sturdy glass or a cocktail shaker, combine the mint leaves, cherries and sugar. Using a muddler, crush the ingredients to release their flavors and dissolve the sugar a bit. Add the lime juice and rum.
If using the shaker, add a few ice cubes, cover the shaker and give it a good long shake. Then, pour the mixture through the strainer into a glass with more ice and top with some sparkling water.
If you’re preparing the drink in the glass, just give it a stir and add the ice cubes. Top with some sparkling water.
Garnish with some additional mint leaves, fresh cherries or lime slices.
Makes one mojito.
- Most mojito recipes call for topping the drink off with club soda. I use that at times, but I’ve found I love this drink even more with sparkling water. You can certainly use either.
- I use an OXO Cherry and Olive Pitter to easily pit my cherries. It’s fabulous. Check out my Oscar-worthy video on how to use one here!
This post (as well as Turkey Burgers with Roasted Cherries and Brie and Cherry Almond Cinnamon Rolls) is part of The 10 Pound Cherry Challenge sponsored by OXO and The North West Cherry Growers. Take a peek at other wonderful cherry recipes by other bloggers who are participating in the challenge: