for cherry syrup---
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 lb sweet cherries, pitted and roughly chopped
for assembly and serving---
1 tbsp minced fresh mint (each glass)
1/4 cup cherry syrup (each glass)
juice of 1 lime each
2 oz light rum each
8 oz sparkling water each
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.
When you're ready to make your mojitos, drop a tablespoon of fresh minced mint in each glass, followed by 1/4 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.
2 hours (includes time to make and chill cherry syrup)