Reunited And It Feels So Good
Remember that song by Peaches & Herb (the duo’s name is even cocktail-friendly!): “Reunited and it feels so good…” That’s how I’m feeling about my summer cocktail recipes. Seeing the cherry stand at the side of the road, I couldn’t wait to revisit brandied cherries and the Cherry Blossom Sling recipe I made with them. These cherries are so good and so easy; I’m already certain that I should have made more. I re-posted the recipes below.
Lu’s Brandied Cherries (courtesy of Imbibe Magazine)1 lb sweet cherries, pitted ½ c. sugar ½ c. water 2 tsp fresh lemon juice 1 stick cinnamon Pinch of fresh nutmeg 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 c. brandy (I used Metaxa Greek brandy but any should do)
Wash and pit the cherries (stain warning: gloves would be helpful). In a saucepan, combine all ingredients except the cherries and brandy and bring to a rolling boil. When the liquid begins to boil, reduce the heat to medium. Add the cherries and simmer for 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat, add the brandy and let cool. Transfer the cherries into clean jars and refrigerate uncovered until cherries are cool to touch. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 2 weeks.
To showcase my cherries I chose the Cherry Blossom Sling, from my MixShakeStir cocktail book. The book also has a brandied cherries recipe, but I was missing several ingredients. Lu’s worked quite well, and the recipe allowed me to incorporate some of the yummy liquid into the drink.
Cherry Blossom Sling3 brandied cherries, plus a splash of liquid 3 lime wedges 1 ½ oz gin ¼ oz Cherry Heering (a cherry liqueur) ½ oz simple syrup ¼ oz fresh lime juice Splash of soda water Dash of Angostura bitters
Muddle the cherries and lime wedges in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and all ingredients except the soda water and bitters and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass, add the soda water and bitters, and serve.
As always, check out my Glossary of Spirits page for alcohol and mixer definitions and details.