Cherry Smash

Cherry Smash

Celebrate fresh cherries with this mint-infused cherry cocktail. Black cherry-flavored seltzer gives the drink the most cherry flavor, but plain seltzer also works well.

From EatingWell: July/August 2009
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10
Total Time: 10


  1. 1 cup pitted fresh or frozen (thawed) cherries
  2. 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
  3. 8 teaspoons sugar
  4. 6 ounces (3/4 cup) dark rum
  5. 1/4 cup lime juice
  6. 3 cups cherry-flavored seltzer


Divide cherries, mint leaves and sugar among 4 glasses. Mash everything together with the back of a wooden spoon. Stir in rum and lime juice. Fill glasses with ice and top with seltzer. Garnish with mint sprigs.


Nutrition Per Serving: 161 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 16 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 2 mg sodium; 131 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (15% daily value).

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 fruit