The classic mojito is given the royal treatment by making it with cherry rum and a double dose of pomegranate—juice and liqueur. To really make it pop, garnish it with fresh pomegranate arils.

This recipe is from Benihana and was originally published in the Orlando Sentinel.


  • lime wedges
  • mint leaves
  • 2 ounces cherry rum
  • 1/2 ounce pomegranate liqueur
  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine syrup


    Step 1: In a mixing glass, muddle 4 lime wedges and 8 mint leaves.  Add 2 ounces cherry rum, 1/2 ounce pomegranate liqueur, 2 ounces pomegranate juice and 1/4 ounce grenadine syrup.

    Step 2: Add ice and shake. Pour into a tall glass. Finish with a splash of soda water and a lime wedge for garnish.