So the other day I’m at the organic grocery store in my neighborhood, and –behold!- I laid eyes on a bag of Rainier cherries, my newest newfound favorite produce item! And they were only $9.99 per pound! Argh. Yeah…
Oh well, they’re worth it. Especially after you taste this amazing mojito! It’s so beautiful you almost don’t want to drink it. Almost being the key word, of course. 😉
Yes, you will drink it, and you will love it! It’s surprisingly not all that sweet, which suited me just fine. (I’m not the hugest fan of overly sweet drinks.) And the best part? You don’t have to pit the cherries! Woohoo! Huge time and mess saver there…
Though I haven’t tried it myself, I feel certain you could make this with regular sweet cherries and it would be just as delicious, though slightly different in flavor (and color). But if you find the Rainiers in your store or farmer’s market, and you feel like splurging, I would highly recommend this drink!
Source: slightly adapted from Cookie + Kate
8 Rainier cherries
Small handful fresh mint leaves
Juice of 1/2 a lime
1 teaspoon raw (turbinado) sugar
1.5 oz white rum
In a cocktail shaker, thoroughly muddle cherries, mint, lime juice and sugar. Add the rum.
Fill a collins glass with ice. Pour that ice into the cocktail shaker and shake several times. Pour the entire drink, without straining, into the glass. Top off with club soda.
Makes 1 drink as written.