The other day, my sister and I brainstormed together to come up with a fun Christmas drink. I wanted it to be festive while also being super refreshing for a Southern Hemisphere summer Christmas. This Cherry Candy Cane Mojito is what we came up with! I know I’ve posted two cherry recipes in a row but they are so delicious and very cheap right now, so I’ve been eating a LOT of them!
It uses traditional mojito ingredients – lime, mint and white rum. But I also muddled in some delicious fresh cherries and used a candy cane as a cute garnish to intensify the minty flavour in the drink itself.
You could also scale up the recipe if you’re making it for a group. A Candy Cane Mojito pitcher would be so great at a Christmas party with friends!
If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere and feeling like more of a mulled wine than a fresh mojito, I don’t blame you. But bookmark this one for summer and just leave out the candy cane. You’ll love it, I promise!
Since I moved to the other side of Sydney I don’t see my family nearly as often, and so this year Christmas feels particularly special. I seriously can’t wait to spend time with my Nanna, see how much my cousins’ kids have grown and share a delicious home-cooked meal with all the people I love the most.
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Cherry Candy Cane Mojito
This Cherry Candy Cane Mojito is a fun and refreshing festive drink that will get the Christmas party started!
- 60 ml Bacardi Superior rum (or your favourite white rum)
- ½ fresh lime
- 12 cherries, pitted
- 12 fresh mint leaves
- 2 heaped bar spoons of caster sugar
- Dash of soda water
- Cubed and crushed ice
- Candy canes, to garnish
Put the four lime wedges and pitted cherries into one tall glass or divide between two smaller ones, then add the sugar and muddle (squish everything togetheto release the lime juice.
Put the mint leaves on one hand and clap. This bruises the leaves and releases the aroma. Rub the mint leaves around the rim of the glass and drop them in. Gently push the mint down into the lime juice.
Half fill the glass with crushed ice and pour in the rum. Stir the mix together until the sugar dissolves. Top up with crushed ice, a splash of the soda water and garnish with a candy cane.