8 to 10 fresh mint leaves
6 to 8 fresh cherries, pitted
1 T. sugar
juice of half a lime
1 1/2 to 2 oz. white rum
4 ice cubes
In a sturdy glass or a cocktail shaker, combine the mint leaves, cherries and sugar. Using a muddler, crush the ingredients to release their flavors and dissolve the sugar a bit. Add the lime juice and rum.
If using the shaker, add a few ice cubes, cover the shaker and give it a good long shake. Then, pour the mixture through the strainer into a glass with more ice and top with some sparkling water.
If you’re preparing the drink in the glass, just give it a stir and add the ice cubes. Top with some sparkling water.
Garnish with some additional mint leaves, fresh cherries or lime slices.