Cocktail Hour: Sweet + Sour Cherry Sparkler

 

A Feteful Life: Sweet + Sour Cherry Sparkler

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)

Ingredients
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 ounce cherry simple syrup (recipe below)
- sparkling water
- fresh basil for garnish

Directions
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)

Ingredients
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 granulated sugar
- 1 cup ripe cherries, pitted*

Directions
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.

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Comments

  1. These look amazing! Do you think I could use frozen cherries?

    • Rebecca Green says:

      They are! I think you could definitely try frozen cherries. I always find they lack a little in flavor, but if you get decent quality, it should work.

      • Thanks! I’ll give it a try today. I bought 3 bags of frozen cherries to make pie and my oven broke…so clearly a cocktail is the way to go! ;)

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