Friday, June 26, 2015

black cherry refresher

today i am heading to one of my favorite places on the planet. black butte ranch!
ben and i are going to be adventuring for the next 10 days or so in central oregon,
hiking, golfing, biking, lounging, having pool parties, playing cribbage, etc.

i made this big batch cocktail the last time we had people over.
i usually get nervous serving something for the first time with guests,
but this was simple, delicious and an absolute hit. 
i had to make a second batch on the spot!

serves four

12 cherries, pitted
roughly 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
1 cup gin
1/4 cup st germain edlerflower liqueur
1 cup cherry juice
roughly 1 cup sparkling water
lime wedges for garnish


1.  in the bottom of a glass pitcher, using a muddler, muddle cherries and mint 
together until the mint is crushed and the cherries release some of the their juice.

2. add gin, elderflower liqueur and cherry juice and stir to combine.

3. to serve, fill 6 highball glasses with ice, divide cherry mixture evenly among the glasses 
and top each with desired amount of sparkling water. garnish each glass with a lime wedge.

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