Grill/Barbecue

Minted Cherry Splash

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June 26, 2012
Author Notes

For the briefest of time, sour cherries are here! I've been inundated with them, happily so, and today found myself making jam, freezing them, and on and on. I am also awash in fresh mint, its summertime advance making itself known in my garden. What do I often do when I've got a bunch of several items lazing around my kitchen? Mix them.

First I made a perfect mint simple syrup, always a terrific ingredient to have on hand for summertime drinks. Then, for my little boys, I made a treat of sour cherries poached in the mint syrup, then cooled and frozen. They devoured all but a few which I reclaimed in anticipation of making this cocktail.

It's the perfect aperitif, especially if you can enjoy it al fresco. This recipe makes enough to fill 2 coupes (the smaller more traditional size; not the more modern fishbowls) but is easily doubled or more if you want to serve a crowd! —em-i-lis

  • Makes 2 cocktails
Ingredients
  • For the mint simple syrup and minty cherries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup sour cherries, pitted
  • For the cocktail
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce vodka (I like Tito's)
  • 1 ounce mint simple syrup
  • 1/4 ounce St. Germain liqueur
  • 4 frozen, minty cherries
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Directions
  1. For the mint simple syrup and minty cherries
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar and mint leaves and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat and, stirring regularly, cook until the sugar is dissolved. Remove pan from heat, and after 10-15 minutes, strain out the mint leaves. You should have a scant 3/4 c of simply syrup. Remove 1/4 c of the syrup and set the rest aside to cool (on the counter or in the fridge if you won't use it until later).
  3. In the same saucepan, pour the 1/4 c of syrup and the 1 cup of cherries. Heat to a simmer and cook just a few minutes, until cherries are soft but still hold their shape. Cool, strain the cherries and freeze them in a single layer. Reserve the minty cherry juice for another purpose!
  1. For the cocktail
  2. In a cocktail shaker, pour the lemon juice, vodka, mint simple syrup and St. Germain. Add about 8 ice cubes, put the shaker top on and shake vigorously, about 20 times. Strain into two coupe glasses, and garnish with two frozen minty cherries and a mint sprig.
  3. Go outside! Relax! Enjoy!
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