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Under 30 Minutes

Sour-Cherry Mojitos

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  • Servings: 16
Sour-Cherry Mojitos

Photography: Marcus Nilsson

Source: Martha Stewart Living


  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 3 lemons)
  • 3 pounds frozen pitted sour cherries, partially thawed with juices
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, plus more for serving
  • 2 to 3 cups vodka
  • 6 cups sparkling water


  1. 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. Syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 month.

  2. Combine lemon juice, fruit, and basil in a bowl. Add syrup; mash lightly to release juices. Refrigerate at least 1 day and up to 4 days.

  3. Combine fruit mixture and vodka in a pitcher or punch bowl; ladle about 1/3 cup into each glass. Fill with ice. Top with sparkling water, garnish with more basil, and serve.


Reviews (1)

  • grazianolinda 9 Jul, 2014

    I had 3 lb. of frozen sour cherries from last summer so I made this recipe to enjoy while we were picking this year's crop from the same tree. The recipe was okay but not great. I am not sure that basil is the right herb to use with sour cherries. This wasn't terrible, but I can't say that I would recommend.

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