I love when cherries are in season. They are perfect in a pie, drink or just all by themselves. After working in the garden in this blazing Texas heat, I need something to cool me down. These Cherry Mojitos are just the ticket. Mojitos are typically made with mint, lime, sugar and rum. I had a ton of mint in the garden that was getting out of hand, so I picked it with this drink in mind. A cocktail in the middle of the afternoon? Hey, it's 5 o'clock somewhere!
1/2 bag of fresh cherries, pitted and stems removed
1/2 cup fresh mint, stems removed
4 tablespoons sugar
juice of 4 limes
4 ounces rum (I used coconut)
1/2 bottle of sparkling water or tonic water
In a large glass or pitcher, add fresh mint leaves, cherries, sugar and lime juice. Use a muddler or the back of a spoon, to mash cherries and mint leaves together. Pour liquid through a strainer into a glass. Add rum and sparking water. Garnish with lime, mint leaves and cherries.
This recipe will make approximately 2 drinks.