Bing Cherry Mojitos


Like other mojitos, this contains sparkling water for effervescence and lime juice but also includes plump cherries and cherry vodka.


  • 1 ¼ cups sugar

  • 1 ¼ cups freshly squeezed lime juice (about 9 limes)

  • 3 pounds Bing cherries

  • 18 ounces best-quality black cherry or plain vodka

  • 1 bottle sparkling water (750 mL)


  1. Bring sugar and 1 1/4 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool completely. (Makes about 2 cups syrup.) Syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 month.

  2. Put lime juice into a medium nonreactive bowl. Halve and pit cherries; add to lime juice. Stir in syrup. Refrigerate at least 1 hour (up to overnight).

  3. Stir cherry mixture and vodka in a large serving bowl. Fill 12 glasses with ice. Spoon 1/2 cup cherry-vodka mixture into each glass. Top off with sparkling water. Serve immediately.

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