It's still super hot here. Heat wave central. Hello, Summer! I know a great way for (adults) to cool off on these hot summer evenings. A nice cold alcoholic beverage. I don't drink much, and when I do it's usually a Jack and coke. I say coke but I prefer pepsi, and every once in awhile I'll reach for a ginger ale instead of a pepsi as my mixer. I've also been know to mix my whiskey with root beer, which I know is completely bonkers. Also, I'm not too brand specific on my whiskey, nothing that's cheaper than Jack Daniels, which really isn't anything special.
Wow, that was a little rant about my go to alcoholic beverage! Anywho ... in the summertime I enjoy a good cocktail. I get more adventurous with my adult beverages, and I start experimenting more. Today I came up with a Cherry Mojito. MMM! I definitely dig a good mojito. The mint and lemon lime flavor is so crisp, and refreshing on a super hot day. I didn't want to mess with that classic flavor too much, but I figured I like all cherry flavored things, so how could this go wrong? I'm so happy I tried this, so super tasty. I think I'll be making this again!
What You'll Need:
- white rum
- simple syrup (or water & sugar)
- fresh mint
- half a lemon
- rose grenadine
- maraschino cherries
- cherry soda
I started off by making some simple syrup. I made a small batch, by boiling 3/4 cup of water in a saucepan, and then I lowered the heat and added 3/4 cup of white sugar. I continuously stirred the two ingredients together until the sugar had completely dissolved. This only took about five minutes at most. I funneled this into a small bottle, and chilled it in the refrigerator. I went through some extra old junk mail, and catalogues, while that cooled down for a bit.
About an hour later I picked some of my orange mint, and rinsed that off in the sink. I placed about five to seven leaves in my pint glass. Next, I squeezed the juice of my half lemon in the glass. I poured in a shot of rum, a half shot of the simple syrup, and I mashed that all together. Then I poured in a half shot of rose grenadine, added some ice, and filled the glass with some store brand wild cherry soda. Mixed it up, added some mint, and a maraschino cherry for garnish.
It's fantastic!! Not too sugary, not too fruity, not too rummy. A great spin on an old favorite. Hope you enjoy, and happy Thirsty Thursday! :) Oh, and in case you're more a beer person, the glass I'm drinking this out of is from a brewing company called Twin Lakes. It's brewed right here in my home state, Delaware. I'm not a beer person, but Aaron is, and he says their beer is great. Happy DIYing, chris.