Happy Saturday! Time for more college football, huh?

Last weekend we were all excited for some Alabama football. Remember? Well, since we now live across the country, the game was blacked out. Of course. So my husband pulled the “I’m going to be deployed next season and won’t get to watch any games *sadface* and what’s a girl supposed to say to that? Nothing, that’s what. You just call the cable company to order some ridiculously priced ESPN package and then ask beg each of your readers to reload your blog a few times before leaving to help pay for it.

(I’m joking about the reloading. Kind of.)

Luckily, I had these Crimson Tide Mojitos to help ease my pain. In the past I’ve always done themed cupcakes for football games but I wanted to shake it up this season with some themed drinks.

These guys require a little bit of prep (making a simple syrup, soaking the cherries) but that can all be done hours before you’re hoping to serve the drinks. They were simple to put together once everything was ready – no shaking, no stirring, easy stuff.

One warning: when you go to pour your drink, you want to make sure that you fill less than half your glass with the cherry mixture. You’re going to want to add more but fight the urge because it starts to get a little cough drop-y if you add too much.

Crimson Tide Mojito (Cherry Mojito)
from Martha Stewart Living
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen cherries cut in half
  • 3 limes
  • ¾ cup vodka
  • sparkling water
  1. Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat. Heat, stirring, until the sugar has melted. Remove from heat; refrigerate.
  2. Put cherries in a bowl. Squeeze lime juice over top and stir to make sure the cherries are coated in juice. Stir in syrup; refrigerate at least an hour.
  3. Stir cherry mixture and vodka together. Fill glasses with ice. Put ½ cup of cherry mixture into each glass. Top with sparkling water; serve immediately.
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