I am so happy with all the of the produce that’s finally showing up at our farmers market. The fruit has been especially exciting, so when I saw sour cherries last weekend, I grabbed them. Then proceeded to eat a least half of them alone that night.
While I was inhaling said cherries, I decided that a few should make their way into a cocktail. Gin seemed like the right choice, and the result was a delicious (and stiff!) summer drink. Also, it’s pretty, which counts for a lot.
Sour Cherry Smash
- 6 sour cherries, pitted, plus another for a garnish
- 1-3 tsp granulated sugar (this amount varies a lot based on just how sour the cherries are)
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 2 oz gin
In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle together the cherries and sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Taste and adjust sweetness to your preference. Add the gin and lemon juice, fill the shaker with ice, and shake well until chilled and well mixed. Strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with a cherry.