Happy Boozey Tuesdays everyone! I’d planned on making a completely different summer cocktail this week until my husband came home with a batch of these beautiful cherries! I’m loving this sweet and sour cherry sparkler because you make your own DIY cherry infused simple syrup, which would also be perfect in a Coke or Sprite if you’re a cherry Coke or Shirley Temple fan! Vodka, a squeeze of lemon, cherry simple syrup, and soda water make up this perfectly delicious summer cocktail, garnished with a couple of basil leaves from my garden.
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 ounce room temperature cherry simple syrup (Recipe below)
- Club soda
- Fresh basil for garnish
- In a rocks glass filled with ice, add the vodka, lemon juice, and cherry simple syrup. Stir and fill glass with club soda.
- Garnish with fresh cherries and basil. Enjoy!
Cherry Simple Syrup
1 cup water 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 cup ripe cherries, pitted
In a small saucepan heat the water, sugar, and cherries until the sugar has completely melted. Using a potato masher, smash the cherries. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and cool over an ice bath.
sweet and sour cherry sparkler recipe – slightly altered from thekitchn.com