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Summertime Sour Cherry cocktail

Ingredients for the syrup

yields 2 1/2 cups

  • 1 pound sour cherries, cleaned, stems removed

  • 3/4 cups sugar 

  • 1 cup water

  • peel strips from half a lemon

  • peel strips from half a medium orange

Syrup directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cut heat to low, cover, and simmer for 40 minutes. 

  2. Strain though a fine metal mesh strainer, pressing solids to extract all the flavor. Discard pits and citrus strips.

  3. Cool and store in refrigerator for up to a week.​

Ingredients for the cocktail

(Makes two old fashioned-sized drinks)

  • 3 oz. vodka (I like a Tito's)

  • 1/4 oz. Amaretto 

  • 1/2 oz. lime juice

  • 2 1/2 oz. cherry syrup (above)

  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters

  • 2 lime wheels, fresh mint, and pitted fresh cherries for garnish

Mix your drinks

  1. In a small pitcher, combine ice, the vodka, Amaretto, lime juice, cherry syrup and two dashes bitters. Stir until well blended.

  2. Strain into two old fashioned glasses. Add ice (I like one large square cube per glass) and top with sparkling water to taste.

  3. Garnish with lime slices, smacked mint, pitted cherries, and serve.

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