Cherry Mojito

Cherry Mojito

Cherry mojito is a fun summer time cocktail to make that uses rum, cherry syrup, mint, and lime.  Tastes like an alcoholic cherry limeaid.

So It’s Cherries for Charity time at one of the grocery stores in town. This is my absolute favorite time of the summer because cherries are on sale for cheap and cherries are my favorite fruit. So far, I’ve gotten 4 bags of cherries. I’ve even purchased a cherry pitter to make life easier. I’ve been looking up different cherry recipes on line and have decided on a few. I really want to make homemade maraschino cherries and a cherry pie. The first one is this cherry mojito.

Have you ever muddled mint before? One year I planted some mint in my garden. Bad idea. Mint is a weed and it keeps on coming back. Not that I don’t mind that it keeps on coming back. It’s good for garnishing desserts and making drinks like mojitos. Sometimes, I’ll even take a mint leaf and rub it back and forth on my teeth for a natural tooth brush. Just kidding! :) This drink is summer in a cocktail. It almost reminds me of a cherry seven up but with rum in it.

Cherry Mojito

Recipe adapted from Eat Live Run

Cherry Mojito
 
Ingredients
  • for cherry syrup
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 lb sweet cherries, pitted and roughly chopped
  • for assembly and serving
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh mint (each glass)
  • ¼ cup cherry syrup (each glass)
  • juice of 1 lime each
  • 2 oz light rum each
  • 8 oz sparkling water each
Instructions
  1. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepot on the stove. Bring to a boil and stir so that all the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add fresh, chopped cherries. Stir and refrigerate for about 2 hours, or until chilled. You can make this cherry syrup ahead of time and keep covered in the fridge.
  2. When you’re ready to make your mojitos, drop a tablespoon of fresh minced mint in each glass, followed by ¼ cup of cherry syrup and juice of 1 lime. Using the end of a wooden spoon (or whatever you have!) muddle the mixture together. The, add 2 oz rum and about a cup of sparkling water. Add ice! Serve with additional mint and cherries.

 

Watermelon Slushies

Watermelon Slushies

Watermelon has always been my favorite summertime fruit. It’s good just to cut up and eat it fresh, and it has to be cold watermelon. I can not stand watermelon that has been sitting out on the counter top, because it’s warm. Also, do not eat watermelon before bed time, that is a warning!

There’s not a lot of watermelon dessert recipes out there, but plenty of frozen treats and drinks you can make with them. One time I  tried making watermelon jam and it wasn’t pretty. The jam never got thick, it was just a bunch of hot watermelon mess in my big stove top. Anyone can make a watermelon slushie as long as you have a blender. If you feel like it you can add something fun to it like Vodka or Rum. I took the rest of my slushie drink and made some ice pops.

Watermelon Slushies

Watermelon Slushies

Watermelon Slushies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 whole seedless watermelon
Instructions
  1. Cut half of the watermelon into chunks and throw into a blender.
  2. Puree the watermelon until it resembles a slushie mix.

 

 

Blueberry Peanutbutter Shake

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I’ve been looking for healthy snack ideas lately, especially before a workout. I need to eat some type of protein before my body pump class and usually I’ve been getting sick of eating a spoonful of peanut butter lately. This smoothie does the trick I think and changes it up a bit. You can’t go wrong with blueberries and peanut butter together. I added in some greek yogurt for extra protein and  also the peanut butter and milk have that as well.

There is also something else I’ve tried recently. You take a container of plain non greek yogurt and add about a couple tablespoons of cherry cheesecake pudding mix to it. I was evil and added some cherry pie filling to the top of that. It was a low fat cheesecake without all the baking and prep work. That was super tasty too!

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To make this smoothie you will need:

2 1/12 cups of frozen blueberries

1/2 cup of peanut butter

1 cup of plain greek yogurt 8 oz container

1 banana

1 cup of 1 % milk

Directions: Puree in a blender until smooth and enjoy. Makes 2 or 3 servings.

Holiday Jingle Juice

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Usually at Thanksgiving, we don’t have any type of alcoholic beverage, but this year we did. I was in charge of bringing the beverage and I decided on this one called Holiday Jingle Juice. I had narrowed it down to a Sangria or a pumpkin spice martini. I got pumpkin pie spice cream liquor at the liquor store and I mixed that with some Rumchata and it was so good. The Sangria would have been way less ingredients but I’m not much of a wine drinker.

If you plan on having more than 5 guests at your next Holiday party this is a good drink to make. We had around 9 people and only 4 of us wanted to drink. I didn’t half the recipe and the punch bowl was almost overflowing. Heck, I could have probably even fourthed the recipe. The recipe can get quite expensive to make with the Grand Marnier, but I used Triple Sec instead cause I’m kind of cheap and didn’t want to pay almost 50.00 for a bottle of orange liquor.

Everyone really liked the punch and we would have probably been drinking it for the next two weeks, but I’m going to put the rest of it in my freezer and hopefully it turns into a slushy! If you’re going to a Holiday Party or barn dance in Fargo, ND then bring this Jingle Juice to your next get together. Just make sure to not drink and drive please! :) The cranberries and the fruit make the punch look really pretty and festive.

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This is me drinking the punch bowl, don’t worry I wasn’t really taking drinks like that out of it. That would have been gross. :)

Citrus Sugar:

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon grapefruit zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Punch:

3/4 cup Citrus Sugar
1 cup lime juice
1 cup lemon juice
2 cups orange juice
1 cup grapefruit juice
1 cup mango nectar
1 cup pineapple juice
3 3/4 cups Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
2 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
1 1/2 cups Amaretto
3 cups sparkling water
orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit slices, frozen cranberries for garnish

For the rest of the recipe please visit Baked Bree!