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Frozen Cherry Mojitos

by Jamie on May 23, 2011

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The weather is finally getting warmer, so I thought I’d kick off the heat streak with a delicious, slushy, rum infused adult beverage. These Frozen Cherry Mojitos are the perfect way to kick back and enjoy the weather while beating the heat!

Over the weekend I picked up a huge bag of Bing cherries from the market. Although they weren’t exactly cheap, I am a sucker for fresh cherries and decided to fork over the extra cash. Throughout the day, I ate cherry after cherry after cherry. Although I adore their flavor, I think my love affair with this fruit also has to do with the pit. I’m going to be honest, I kinda sorta like spitting them out while in the privacy of my own home.

After I recovered from a slight self-induced cherry coma, I decided that I wanted to use the rest of them in recipe, so I turned to the MBA Facebook page and sought some advice from my wonderful readers. After browsing the many responses I decided on Frozen Cherry Mojitos, recommended by Susan. Cherries + Lime + Mint + Rum? I was sold.

It’s like it was meant to be. We just so happened to have rum and fresh mint, so I took that as a sign. After about ten minutes, I was left with a pile of pitted cherries, a cherry juice flecked tee shirt and pink fingers. I tossed the cherries into the freezer and prepared a lime simple syrup.

A few hours later I tossed everything into the blender and within minutes we had a delicious and refreshing frozen beverage to keep us company while we pulled weeds and cleaned the deck. I’m not much of a drinker, but this rum infused cherry slushy definitely made the yard work a little less annoying.

Brian though these were a little too sweet, but I thought they were perfect. If you like your adult beverages a little less sweet, I’d recommend gradually adding the simple syrup until you reach the desired level of sweetness.

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Frozen Cherry Mojitos

May 23rd, 2011

Yield: About 6 servings

Ingredients:

1 pound bag frozen pitted cherries
3 cups crushed ice, plus extra to serve if desired
1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves
1 cup white rum
Lime Simple Syrup, recipe follows
Lime wedges and fresh cherries, for garnish

Lime Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
3 limes, juiced and zested

Directions:

1. Place the frozen cherries, ice, mint, rum, and lime simple syrup in a blender. Blend until smooth.
2. Pour the mixture into chilled glasses and top with crushed ice. Garnish with lime wedges and cherries.

Lime Simple Syrup

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water, lime juice, and lime zest over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool to room temperature minutes before using. If making in advance, store in a sealed container within the refrigerator.

Notes:

- Not a fan of rum, give vodka a try. Not a fan of alcohol period? These were incredibly delicious without the alcohol.
- Recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentiis


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Jen K October 15, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I’m sipping on one right now (made with vodka). My only problem is when I was buying the ingredients at the store today, I forgot to check my vodka supply. It was dangerously low so I’m sipping half alcohol ones. Still delicious though. Thanks for sharing. I found this on Pinterest!

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Lisa @ Allergy Free Vintage Cookery December 20, 2011 at 8:30 am

Hi! Just wanted to let you know that I included your mojito in my post, “An Allergy Friendly Christmas Dinner” today. Looks delicious!

http://allergyfreecookery.blogspot.com/2011/12/allergy-free-christmas-menu.html

Happy holidays,
Lisa @ Allergy Free Vintage Cookery

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juliemarg May 25, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Thanks for sharing it! Can’t wait to try this one!

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Anna July 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm

This might just be my favorite Summer drink! Loooove the color!

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Marci Johnson July 9, 2012 at 7:16 am

Thank you for such an amazing recipe. Cherry is my favorite flavor and I love moijtos. I cannot wait to make these!!

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Vicky Lacey April 12, 2013 at 11:18 am

Where and what kind of mint do u use? Where do u get mint leaves?

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Jamie May 18, 2013 at 9:14 am

Vicky-
I use fresh mint from the grocery store. You can usually find it near the fresh herbs.
-Jamie

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Meggy March 15, 2014 at 3:22 am

Oh my a cherry fest, thanks a lot! Now because I’ve seen this I have to go get some ripe red cherries and get pitting – you’ve started a cherry lust I swear it. Thanks for sharing your own decadent tastes with the world – now we all want one! I’ll be sharing this with my readers and linking back to you – great post, great recipe.

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Bob May 29, 2014 at 12:39 am

I wonder how these would turn out with Amaretto…cherry and almond all in one delicious alcohol…

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