Sour Cherry Gin Cocktail Recipe

Sour Cherry Gin Cocktail Recipe

[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.

  • Yield:makes 1 cocktail
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes


  • 5 sour cherries, pitted, plus 2 more for garnish
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (see note)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 ounce gin
  • 1 to 2 ounces seltzer


  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.