Marcel Vigneron's Blended Cherry Mojito
Serves: 1 cocktail
1 pound bag freshly frozen pitted Rainier and Bing cherries
2 cups crushed ice, plus extra to serve
½ cup packed fresh mint leaves
¾ cup fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)
1½ cup white rum
¾ cup mint and lime Simple Syrup, recipe follows
Lime wedges and fresh cherries, for garnish
1 cups sugar
1 cup water
3 limes, zested
5 sprigs mint
1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water, mint and lime zest over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool for 20 minutes. Strain before using.
2. Place the frozen cherries, crushed ice, mint leaves, lime juice, rum, and simple syrup in a blender. Blend until smooth.
3. Pour the mixture into chilled glasses. Garnish with lime wheel, fresh cherries, and lightly tapped mint top.