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Frozen Cherry Mojitos

Frozen Cherry Mojitos

Recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentiis

YIELD: About 6 servings

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound bag frozen pitted cherries
3 cups crushed ice, plus extra to serve if desired
1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves
1 cup white rum
Lime Simple Syrup, recipe follows
Lime wedges and fresh cherries, for garnish

LIME SIMPLE SYRUP:

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
3 limes, juiced and zested

DIRECTIONS:

1. Place the frozen cherries, ice, mint, rum, and lime simple syrup in a blender. Blend until smooth.
2. Pour the mixture into chilled glasses and top with crushed ice. Garnish with lime wedges and cherries.

LIME SIMPLE SYRUP:

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water, lime juice, and lime zest over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool to room temperature minutes before using. If making in advance, store in a sealed container within the refrigerator.

NOTES:

– Not a fan of rum, give vodka a try. Not a fan of alcohol period? These were incredibly delicious without the alcohol.

frozen hot chocolate

Frozen Hot Chocolate

recipe credit

5-6 oz chocolate (we like Marabou from Ikea and/or a few different kinds of Ghiradelli)
2 tsp.  hot chocolate powder mix (I like to use Stephens-brand hot chocolate mix)
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 c. milk
3 c. ice (to make it a little more rich, use frozen milk cubes)
*Whipped cream (see below or store-bought)
Chocolate shavings

Chop the chocolate into small pieces and melt in a double boiler or a small saucepan over med-low heat. Stir occasionally until melted. Add the hot chocolate mix and sugar, stirring constantly until blended. Remove from heat, slowly add half a cup of the milk, and stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature.  In a blender, place the remaining cup of milk, the chocolate mixture, and the ice. Blend on high speed until smooth. Pour into cup or mug and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

*Whipped Cream:
1 c. heavy cream, very cold
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 Tbsp light corn syrup

Combine the cream and vanilla and mix well. With an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, start whipping the cream on medium speed. Add the corn syrup slowly while beating. Whip until the cream holds soft peaks.