Happy Almost-Fourth! We’ve got the perfect cocktail for your holiday BBQs. Super easy to make with a great sweet-sour balance. And you can leave out the alcohol to make a fun sparkling drink for the kids, too.
Sweet + Sour Cherry Sparkler (slightly adapted from The Kitchn)
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 ounce cherry simple syrup (recipe below)
- sparkling water
- fresh basil for garnish
Combine vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to combine. Pour over crushed ice into a glass and top with sparkling water. Garnish with fresh basil. If making it for kiddos, shake lemon juice and simple syrup only. Pour over crushed ice and top with lots of sparkling water.
Cherry Simple Syrup (from The Kitchn)
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 granulated sugar
- 1 cup ripe cherries, pitted*
In a small saucepan heat the water, sugar, and cherries until the sugar has completely melted. Using a potato masher, smash the cherries. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, discarding solids. Chill to room temperature.
*if you don’t have a fancy cherry pitter (I don’t), you can push the cherry pits out using a pastry tip.