Cherries are in full force at the market; the only hard part is choosing between deep burgundy Bing cherries and the lightly blushed Royal Anns. To get in the summer spirit, I've been making a sangria-like mixture of the aperitif Lillet Rouge with gin and cherries. A dash of orange bitters (along with an orange twist and a cool splash of seltzer water) rounds out the cocktail to make a flavorful yet easy-drinking summer refreshment.
4 Bing cherries, pitted
3 ounces Lillet Rouge
1 ounce gin, such as Hendrick's
2 dashes orange bitters
Splash of seltzer water
Orange twist, about 2 inches
1 whole Bing cherry, to garnish
In a cocktail shaker, muddle cherries lightly. Add Lillet Rouge, gin, and bitters. Fill with ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
Pour into a collins glass, including the ice. Top off with a splash of seltzer water.
Squeeze the orange twist over the drink to express citrus oils, then drop into drink. Garnish with a whole cherry.
Cocktail shaker, muddler or wooden spoon
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 22g||8%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||5%|
|Total Sugars 14g|
|Vitamin C 7mg||34%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|