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Sour Cherry Gin Cocktail

Sour Cherry Gin Cocktail

[Photograph: Kelly Carambula]

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.

About the author: Kelly Carámbula blogs about her adventures in the kitchen, including a weekly happy hour, on eat make read. She is also the founder and publisher of Remedy Quarterly, an independent food magazine.

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Sour Cherry Gin Cocktail

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About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes
Special equipment:muddler
This recipe appears in: Drinking in Season: Sour Cherry Gin Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 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

Procedures

  1. 1

    In the bottom of a highball glass, lightly muddle sour cherries, simple syrup and lemon juice until cherries are gently smashed, not pureed.

  2. 2

    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.

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