Sunday, July 12, 2009

Cherry Lime Cocktails

Now that I have officially drank my way through my Rhubarb Slush supply, I needed to move on to the next boozy, fruity, seasonal cocktail. This time, bing cherries are the featured player. I love a cherry on a good day, so soaking them in black cherry vodka and lime juice heightens their summery deliciousness.

I know that black cherry vodka seems like an obscure thing to have, and regular old vodka can certainly be substituted, but the subtle cherry and vanilla notes add a cohesive dimension to this drink. This cocktail is great to have on hand for guests as the cherries can be soaking away for hours before friends arrive.

For 6-8 cocktails:

There was a sad period of my life when I didn't have the super efficient OXO Cherry/Olive Pitter. If you don't have one, step away from this recipe and go remedy your situation before continuing.

Pit the cherries and pull them in half as you go along, placing them in a medium-sized bowl. Zest one of the limes into the bowl over the cherries, and then juice all 4 limes into the same bowl. Add the simple syrup, red wine syrup, and the vodka. Stir together and taste. Feel free to add more simple or red wine syrup if so desired. Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to allow the flavors to meld.

Fill a highball glass halfway with the cherry mixture, add some ice, and top with the sparkling water. Give it a good but careful stir and garnish with a couple fresh mint sprigs and a spoon, for the cherries.

* For about 2 cups of simple syrup, stir together one cup sugar and one cup water in a saucepan. Let boil until the sugar is dissolved and then chill until very cold. The syrup will keep, covered in the fridge for at least a month.

Adapted from a recipe from Martha Stewart Living.


eviedee said...

You are now my go to source for booze recipes! My husband loves your Ginger lime bourbon cocktail and now I must keep limes and ginger syrup on hand at all times. We loved this cherry lime cocktail for the same reasons, it was delightfully fruity but not too sweet. I look forward to trying your other recipes!

Anonymous said...

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