Fresh cherry gin and tonic, coming right up!
This icy, refreshing, bubbly drink is going to be my cocktail of the summer.
I’m in a major gin and tonic mood.
Last week we ordered out from Morcilla and I got the gin and tonic kit. It comes with a squeeze bottle of their tonic syrup which I’m basically hoarding at this point. You squeeze the syrup into the gin over ice, then top it off with seltzer and a few aromatics.
IT WAS SO GOOD.
I was convinced that I had to make tonic syrup. Yes. But I’m clueless, so I thought that tonic syrup was just, like, tonic water and sugar boiled into simple syrup. And that I would get the delicious syrup like we had from Morcilla.
Welp. That is not correct.
Tonic syrup is actually making tonic water, but better, because syrup. Once I looked at the ingredient list it just seemed too over the top for us right now in this mostly-still-quarantined situation. Plus, it also looks slightly tricky and like if you do it wrong, it could make you sick. YIKES.
So that was a bummer.
But I still had gin and tonics on the brain.
Specially, my fresh peach gin and tonic. This week is gorgeous! We’ve had really hot and sunny weather – it has been beautiful, and I thought it would be amazing to sip one on the patio. Peaches aren’t in season here yet, and while I could use frozen, I decided to grab the next best thing: fresh cherries.
Ooooooh yes. I wait all year for cherries! Love them.
This “recipe” is easy. It’s refreshing. Tastes like heaven.
I like to use a drop of cherry juice – you can use whatever kind of cherry juice you like. Use the syrup from a jar of luxardo cherries, the juice from a jar of maraschinos, or bottled black cherry juice. Any of it works, you just want a little extra cherrie flavor.
And let’s be real, half the fun of this drink is eating the cherries once it’s gone. YEP.
Cherry Lime Gin and Tonic
Yield: 1 drink, is easily multiplied
This cherry gin and tonic is loaded with fresh bing cherries, lots of fresh lime, a touch of cherry juice and your favorite tonic water!
- 4 or 5 bing cherries, pitted and sliced
- 1 to 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 ounce cherry juice from a jar of cherries
- 2 ounces gin
- 4 ounces tonic water (Fever Tree is my fave!)
- crushed ice
- lime wedges for the glass
Fill a glass with the cherries, lime wedges and crushed ice. Pour the lime juice and cherry juice over the ice. Pour the gin over the ice, then add the tonic. Stir a few times to combine. Serve immediately!
Ahhhh. Best ever.