- Prep time
- 5 minutes PT5M
- Cook time
- N/A PT0
- 1 cocktail
For a sweet spin on a classic cocktail, add a dash of cherry syrup and a few of the cherries themselves!
- 2 ounces premium white rum
- ½ ounce mint simple syrup
- ½ ounce Luxardo cherry syrup
- Juice of ½ lime
- Soda water
- Mint leaves, for garnish
- Lime wedges, for garnish
- 3–4 Luxardo cherries, for garnish
Combine rum, mint simple syrup, cherry syrup and lime juice in a tall glass and stir. Fill with ice and top with soda water. Garnish with mint, lime and cherries.
To make mint simple syrup, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Add about 20 mint leaves and cover for 30 minutes. Strain and cool.
Techniques used in this recipe:
muddle, v.: to combine ingredients, usually in the bottom of a mixing glass, by pressing them together with a muddler before the majority of liquid ingredients are added.
Examples of when this method is applied:
For a mojito sugar, fresh mint leaves and club soda are muddled.
Limes are often muddled with sugar syrup or other fruit as in a Caipirnha and Bésame.
You muddle a sugar cube and bitters in cocktails such as Sazarac and Old-Fashioned.
There are many varieties of mint; commercially, peppermint and spearmint are the most popular. Peppermint is bright green, sharply pungent, and the stems are lightly tinged with purple. Spearmint is more delicate in fragrance, and its color is a uniform, light grayish green.
Peppermint is used in many appetizers, salads, sauces (mint sauce for lamb), vegetables, desserts, and beverages.
Spearmint is most often found in salads, fruit (salads, cocktails, pears, melons) and fruit syrups, desserts and beverages.
Both varieties of mint are often used as ingredients in many cocktails. In the last several years we've seen a resurgence in popularity of mixed drinks mint is used in the Mint Julep, the Mojito and a variety of other cocktails.