The other evening I had a bourbon Manhattan with drunken cherries, and it reminded me that we had a jar of drunken cherries (made by a friend of ours) that I should be eating. I’d been hoarding them, not wanting to eat them, because once the jar is opened, they’ll be soon gone. I also had some Tart Cherry liqueur made by Black Diamond Distillery. It’s very potent, a grain alcohol on it’s way to being a strong vodka, but with a delicious tartness to it. Cobbling ingredients together, I decided to throw together a drunken cherry cocktail, using bits of this and that.
I hereby declare it delicious cherry juice! Thankfully, I didn’t put a straw in the drink or it would be all gone instantly! The Ocean Blue can was sweet enough that I didn’t need to add simple syrup. The tart cherry liqueur was tart enough that it wasn’t overly sweet, with a nice highlight from the bit of lime juice. Of course the cherries barely lasted long enough to add anything to the drink, but still tasted yummy.
Drunken Cherry Cocktail
- 1 can Ocean Blu Coastal Berry Vodka
- 1 oz Tart cherry liqueur
- juice 1/2 lime
- Club soda (to top up the glass if desired)
- Drunken Cherries (for garnish)
- Fill a glass halfway with ice and add all ingredients except the cherries. Stir to mix. Use cherries as garnish.