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
Cherry Mojito muddled in a shaker and strained.

Cherry Mojito

8 to 10 fresh mint leaves
6 to 8 fresh cherries, pitted
1 tablespoon sugar
juice of half a lime
1 1/2 to 2 ounces white rum
4 ice cubes
sparkling water

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!