This sour cherry mojito cocktail recipe was inspired by visits to A Streetbar Named Desire. Its a fun tapas restaurant and cocktail bar here in Jozi. They have a really interesting and yummy cocktail menu. On our first very visit, the Sour Cherry Mojito immediately caught my eye. One sip and I was hooked! It was so wonderfully refreshing. Not too sweet, tart and deliciously pretty. The perfect warm-weather cocktail. Of course, I had to immediately find my own sour cherry cocktail recipes to recreate the love. In my search, I also found a recipe for a Sour Cherry Margarita which is just as delicious.
These sour cherry cocktail recipes are best “mass made” and served in jugs for you to enjoy with your friends on a gorgeous blossom and jasmine-scented day.
SOUR CHERRY MOJITO (Makes a jug)
1 ¼ cups (300ml) sugar
2/3 cups (160ml) fresh lime juice
1.4kg frozen pitted sour cherries, partially thawed with juices
1 cup fresh mint leaves
2-3 cups (480-720ml) vodka
6 cups sparkling water
Optional extra: Slices of lime and orange to add to the jug to serve.
First make your “simple syrup” by bringing the sugar and 1 1/4 cups (300ml) water to a boil in a small saucepan. Bring to the heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the syrup cool for 15 minutes. The simple syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 month.
Combine the lime juice, cherries, and mint in a bowl. Add your simple syrup (which you made above). Lightly mash everything together to release the juices. Refrigerate at least 1 day and up to 4 days before serving.
When ready to serve, combine the fruit mixture and vodka in a jug or punch bowl. Ladle about 1/3 cup into a glass. Fill with ice. Top with sparkling water, garnish with more fresh mint, a couple of whole sour cherries, half a slice of orange or lime on the rim, and serve.
SOUR CHERRY MARGARITA (Makes 2)
1/3 cup sour cherries, pitted
2 tablespoons (30ml) simple syrup
2 tablespoons (30ml) fresh lime juice
1/3 cup (80ml) Good quality tequila
2 tablespoons (30ml) orange liqueur (or any clear fruit liqueur or brandy)
6 cubes of crushed ice
Lime wedges, sugar and salt (equal amounts combined) for rimming glass
Rub a lime wedge around the edge of 2 glasses. Dip the glasses in the salt and sugar mixture. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Puree the sour cherries, simple syrup, lime juice, tequila, and orange liqueur in a blender.
Lightly blitz in the ice cubes. Pour into the glasses, decorate with a lime wedge and sour cherries and enjoy. Yum!
Did you know?
Cherries are bursting with antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, nutrients, and fiber. So, these are basically healthy cocktails ;)
This post was first written in September 2018 and was adapted on 7 November 2019.
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