Cherry Nojito Mocktail
Simple, delicious, and full of zip but without the alcohol, the Cherry Nojito is the perfect mocktail if you want something that doesn't require any additional alcohol-free spirits.
It combines the natural sweetness of cherries with refreshing mint leaves and a touch of lime. Super easy to whip up at home with just a few ingredients!
- 3-4 Cherries
- 4-5 Mint Leaves
- 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
- 1 oz Lime Juice
- Sparkling Water
- Ice Cubes
Muddle the Cherries and Mint: In a cocktail shaker or a sturdy glass, gently muddle the cherries and mint leaves together. Muddling helps to release the flavors and aromas of the ingredients, creating a more vibrant and refreshing mocktail.
Add Lime Juice: Pour 1 oz of freshly squeezed lime juice into the shaker or glass. Lime juice brings a zesty and tangy kick to the mocktail, balancing out the sweetness of the cherries.
Add Simple Syrup: Incorporate 1/2 oz of simple syrup into the mixture. Simple syrup is a combination of equal parts sugar and water, dissolved together. It adds a touch of sweetness to the mocktail, enhancing the overall flavor profile.
Shake or Stir: If you're using a cocktail shaker, fill it with ice and shake the mixture vigorously for about 15-20 seconds. If you're using a glass, stir the ingredients together until well combined.
Strain and Serve: Strain the mixture into a tall glass filled with ice cubes. This will remove any solid pieces of fruit or herbs.
Top with Sparkling Water: To add a refreshing effervescence, top off the mixture with sparkling water. You can adjust the amount of sparkling water based on your personal preference for the level of fizziness.
Garnish and Enjoy: Give your Cherry Nojito a gentle stir to ensure all the flavors are well-mixed. Garnish with a fresh cherry and a sprig of mint if you like a little extra flair.
Until next time, big time cheers!