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We recently invited dear and wonderful friends over to enjoy each others good company and a light summer menu, starting with this fresh and delicious Sour Cherry Mojito.

SOUR CHERRY MOJITO

sour cherry mojito

1 1/4 cups sugar

2/3 cup fresh lemon juice

3 pounds frozen pitted sour cherries, partially thawed with juices

1 cup fresh basil leaves

3 cups vodka

6 cups sparkling water

Bring sugar and 1 1/4 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved, 3 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool 15 minutes.

Combine lemon juice, cherries and basil in a bowl. Add syrup, mash lightly to release juices. Refrigerate for at least a day and up to 4 days.

Combine fruit mixture and vodka in a pitcher, ladle about 1/3 cup into each glass. Fill with ice and top with sparkling water. Garnish with more basil and serve.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

www.marthastewart.com/

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