You know summer has arrived when your finger tips are consistently stained from the sweetness of fresh cherries. The seasonal deliciousness of this fruit was used in a refreshing mojito by Chef Vivianne Bauquet Farre on her beautiful site, Food and Style. The result is a unique twist of the usual mojito that is perfect for a summer evening on your deck.
Bing Cherry Mojito – Recipe
active time: 10 min
- 1/2 large lime – cut in 1/2” pieces
- 8 large mint leaves
- 2 teaspoons organic sugar
- 12 Bing cherries – pitted
- 3 oz white rum
- 3/4 oz Cherry liqueur (Cherry Heering)
- 1/2 teaspoon cherry bitters
- club soda or sparkling water
- fresh mint sprigs as garnish
Step 1: Place the lime, mint leaves and sugar in a mixing glass. Using a muddler, crush the ingredients until the sugar has dissolved and the lime has released its juice. Add the Bing cherries and continue to muddle until the cherries are well mashed and have released their juices. Top with ice cubes, rum, liqueur and bitters. Shake vigorously until very cold.
Step 2: Place a few ice cubes in 2 tumblers. Strain the mixture into the glasses. Top with a little club soda or sparkling water (the proportion should be 3 parts drink to 1 part club soda). Garnish with a mint sprig and serve immediately.
Photo Credit: Chef Viviane Bauquet Farre