This muddled cherry mojito is a messy, sloshy mix of pitted cherries, mashed limes, and mint, and because of that extra work, it’s a call for celebration.
Muddled Cherry Mojitos with Lime Salt
A glass of wine, a Manhattan, an Old Fashioned, or a classic G&T are go-to drinks for good reason. Pour a little of this, a little of that, and you have yourself a nightcap. These muddled cherry mojitos are not that. This cocktail is a bloodbath of pitted cherries, a messy mash of limes and mint, and because of that extra work, it’s a call for celebration.
Try A Local Spirit in Your Cherry Mojitos: Maggie’s Farm x Hidden Harbor
If you’re a Pittsburgher or planning to visit, add a local twist to these cherry mojitos with a locally-distilled white rum from Maggie’s Farm.
The Hidden Harbor 100-Proof White Rum Blend
Designed by and for Hidden Harbor Tiki Bar in Squirrel Hill (also worth a visit!), specifically for use in daiquiris and other tropical drinks, Maggie’s Farm bottles this rum as a custom blend using their white rum and Queen’s Share rum balanced with rums sourced from Jamaica, Guyana, Martinique, Barbados, and Trinidad. This rum does not hold back in flavor and aroma, with a molasses funk and a smooth grassiness.
Take advantage of those weeks in which it’s possible to find dark, sweet cherries in the produce section and farmer’s market. Grab as many as you can, gather some friends, beat the heat, and sip something that will make you feel like you’re on an island somewhere.
Make it a Big-Batch Cocktail
If you’re going to make a cherry mess, you might as well batch this drink, so a refill is ready and waiting. Multiply the ingredients by the number of servings, and combine everything except the ginger beer in a large mason jar or pitcher. Top each cherry mojito individually with ginger beer when ready to serve. Infusing the fruit adds even more flavor, so prep the big batch the night before your gathering.
Simplify to Amplify
(Good advice for life and cocktail making)
Of course, you can always simplify the process and start with frozen cherries. As an added bonus, you’ll add an extra chill to the cocktail without diluting the flavors.
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Still craving something icy, cold, and refreshing with a cherry flavor? Try these Twin Bing Cherry-Chocolate Popsicles from my book, The Gluten-Free Grains Cookbook. Inspired by my dad’s favorite candy, a midwestern staple, these popsicles feature alternating layers of cherry puree and homemade whipped cream, with a chocolate drizzle, and a honey buckwheat crunch.
Muddled Cherry Mojitos
- 1 lime, zested & juiced
- 1 Tablespoon golden sugar
- Pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
- 1 lime, quartered
- A few sprigs of fresh mint leaves, to taste
- 1/4 cup pitted and halved cherries
- 2 ounces 1/4 cup white rum
- ginger beer, for topping
For the Lime Sugar:
- Combine the lime zest, golden sugar, and a generous pinch of salt on a shallow plate. Rim your glass in lime juice, then dip in the lime sugar.
For the Cocktail:
- Muddle the lime wedges, cherries, and mint in a cocktail shaker or glass jar. Press firmly to release the juices. Add the rum. Fill with ice and shake until combined.
- Add ice to your prepared glass. Top with the mojito mix, then ginger beer. Garnish with mint. Drink and enjoy!