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Three cherry lime mojitos.

Cherry Lime Mojito


  • Author: Niki Cutchall
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Drinks 1x

Description

Homemade simple syrup is infused with fresh cherries and mint, then mixed with rum and lime juice for a refreshing summer mojito cocktail.


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Ingredients

For the Cherry Simple Syrup (makes ~1 cup):

  • 1 cup cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 10 to 12 mint leaves

For the Mojito (makes 2):

 

  • 3  oz white rum
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz cherry mint simple syrup
  • 3 tbsp fresh cherries (pitted and halved) or cherries saved from syrup
  • 6 mint leaves
  • Club soda
  • Crushed ice

Instructions

For the Cherry Simple Syrup:

  1. In a medium saucepan combine cherries, water, and sugar.
  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Once simmerring, cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat, and pour the syrup into a heat-proof bowl. Stir in the mint leaves.
  4. Let the syrup cool at room temperature for 30 minutes. At this point you can strain the syrup into a glass container to use right away, or cover the bowl with plastic wrap, store in the fridge, and strain within 24 hours. If straining right away, save the cherries to use in the mojito. *See note

For the Mojito:

 

  1. Using 2 12 oz glasses, add a small amount of crushed ice (about an inch) to each glass.
  2. Divide the mint, tear in half, and add to each glass. Add 1 ½ tbsp fresh cherries or cherries saved from syrup to each glass. Lightly muddle mint and cherries. *See note.
  3. Fill the glasses with crushed ice (about ¾ inch below the top). Add half of the rum, lime juice, and cherry syrup into each glass.
  4. Fill the remainder of each glass with club soda. Stir to combine. Garnish with fresh mint, and a couple cherries.

Notes

For the Cherry Simple Syrup:

  • Leaving the cherries and mint in the syrup longer than the initial 30 minutes will intensify the flavor. Don’t leave them in for longer than 24 hours, as they could grow mold.
  • The flavored syrup will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 to 2 weeks.

For the Mojito:

  • If you don’t have a cocktail muddler, you can use the back of a wooden spoon or spatula.
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: Cuban

Keywords: cherry, simple syrup, homemade syrup, mojito, mint, lime juice, summer cocktail, fruity mojito, cherry lime mojito, mojito recipe, grenadine, cherry simple syrup