I grow mint in my garden for pretty much one reason and one reason only.

Mojitos.

Nothing beats an icy-cold, minty mojito on a hot summer day. This version brings another summer staple – juicy ruby-red bing cherries – into the scene. The result is a gorgeous scarlet cocktail of cherry, lime, and mint … how can you go wrong?

The best thing about mojitos are the little bites of refreshing mint you get through the straw now and then. This one gives you a bit of cherry here and there too. Perhaps bad for the teeth (might want to have your pocket mirror handy) … but good, oh so good, for the soul.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 15 mins

Bing Cherry Mojitos

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A refreshing spin on the classic mojito, blinged out with bing cherries. Cherry, lime, and minty goodness ... aah.
Yield: 1 drink

Ingredients

  • 1 lime (cut in half)
  • 12 mint leaves
  • 6 bing cherries (stems removed and pitted)
  • 1/4 cup cherry simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum
  • Club soda
  • Cherry simple syrup
  • 3/4 cup bing cherries (stems removed and pitted)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Instructions

  • Make the simple syrup. Heat water and sugar over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Let cool slightly, then add to a blender along with the 3/4 cup bing cherries. Puree, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a small container or pitcher. Set aside.
  • In a large, sturdy glass, muddle together the lime halves, mint, and cherries until the lime juice has been released and the mint and cherries are well-smashed.
  • Stir in the cherry simple syrup and white rum.
  • Fill glass with ice and top off with club soda. Add a wide straw, garnish with a mint sprig and a cherry, and serve.
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