We recently invited dear and wonderful friends over to enjoy each others good company and a light summer menu, starting with this fresh and delicious Sour Cherry Mojito.
SOUR CHERRY MOJITO
1 1/4 cups sugar
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
3 pounds frozen pitted sour cherries, partially thawed with juices
1 cup fresh basil leaves
3 cups vodka
6 cups sparkling water
Bring sugar and 1 1/4 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved, 3 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool 15 minutes.
Combine lemon juice, cherries and basil in a bowl. Add syrup, mash lightly to release juices. Refrigerate for at least a day and up to 4 days.
Combine fruit mixture and vodka in a pitcher, ladle about 1/3 cup into each glass. Fill with ice and top with sparkling water. Garnish with more basil and serve.
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart