Fresh Cherry Mojitos

    As much as I hate to admit it, today is my birthday.   Today I am the big 31.  For the big day I decided I needed a signature drink.  Being that it’s been hotter then blazes, I wanted something cool and refreshing.  I recently saw a fresh cherry Margarita that looked amazing, but I didn’t have any tequila and I didn’t want to buy a bottle.

    After searching my options, I decided on a fresh cherry mojito.  I have fresh mint growing in the garden, a bottle of rum on the shelf, and a bag of fresh sweet cherries in the refrigerator.  I put all of the ingredients in a shaker and poured them over ice.  I added a few extra mint leaves, a slice of lime, and a cherry for garish.  It was so tasty and refreshing.  It had the classic tastes of a mojito with added hints of cherry.  My husband doesn’t even like rum but after tasting the cherry mojito he wanted one for himself!

Fresh Cherry Mojitos  (adapted from Annie’s Eats)
10 fresh sweet cherries, pitted
10 mint leaves
2 T. rum
2 T. fresh lime juice
1 T. simple syrup
1 T. cherry juice
2 T. seltzer water
Lime and cherry for garnish

1.  Put the cut up and pitted cherries in a cocktail shaker.  Tear 7 mint leaves into pieces and put them in the shaker along with the rum.  Use a tool and mash the three ingredients together.

2.  Add in the lime juice, simple syrup, and cherry juice.  Cover the cocktail shaker and shake well for 30 seconds.  Pour over a glass filled with ice and top with the seltzer water and the remaining 2 mint leaves.  Give it a stir with a cocktail stirrer.  Garnish with lime and cherry.

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Comments

  1. This looks really refreshing for a sizzling summer evening!

  2. I found you from Little Brick Ranch’s Foodie Friday link–the title drew me in. What a perfect summer recipe. If you get a moment, I’d love for you to link up over at Momtrends. This week we’re featuring sorbet cocktails for our recipe linky:

    http://www.momtrends.com/2011/07/friday-food-ciao-bella/

  3. Happy birthday, hope that you enjoyed your day and your drink.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

  4. I love Mojitos and this looks like a great variety!

  5. I love fresh muddled drinks and cherry sounds delicious. Nice birthday treat.

  6. Hi Hezzi-D!

    These mojitos are just what the doctor ordered! :-)
    YOU’VE BEEN FEATURED today on Fresh Food Friday. So if you like, please stop by and check it out, grab the button, and share 2 or 3 recipes this week. Thanks again! Your blog is so enjoyable!

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