This recipe appears in:Drinking in Season: Sour Cherry Gin Cocktail
The cousin of the more popular sweet Bing or Rainer cherries, these tart, almost transparent cherries make great desserts, preserves, and of course, cocktails. This cocktail is a perfect way to use any leftover cherries after making a pie or other tasty treat since it only requires a few of them.
Note: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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- 5 sour cherries, pitted, plus 2 more for garnish
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup (see note above)
- 1/2 ounce fresh juice from 1 lemon
- 1 1/2 ounce gin
- 1 to 2 ounces seltzer
In the bottom of a highball glass, lightly muddle sour cherries, simple syrup and lemon juice until cherries are gently smashed, not pureed.
Fill the glass with ice, add gin and stir for a few seconds until everything has combined. Top with seltzer, garnish with cherries, and serve.