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.
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.