June 29, 2015

cherry mint gin & tonic

i made this sweet & sour adaptation on a summer classic on a rainy, dreary, cool sunday.  while it doesn't feel very much like summer outside, there is no reason we cannot pretend inside!

cherry mint gin & tonic
serves two

[you will need]
1/3 cup preserved cherries and 1/2 cup preserve syrup (i used a jar of sour cherries i had preserved in light syrup last summer)
alternatively, you use 1 cup of water + 1 cup of fresh cherries + 1 cup sugar
2 ounce lime juice
12-16 mint leaves
2 ounce gin
tonic water

[to make]
in a saucepan over medium heat, bring the cherries & syrup to a boil.  using the back of a wooden spoon, mash the cherries until all are mashed.  turn off the heat & let the cherry syrup come to room temperature.  note: if using fresh cherries, this process will take a bit longer, as the cherries will need time to break down.

once cool, strain the juice through a fine strainer or sieve, pressing down on the cherry pulp to release the juices.  this should make about 1/3 cup cherry juice.

in each large glass, combine 1 ounce lime juice with 6-8 mint leaves & half of the cherry juice.  muddle together.  add ice & gin, and top with tonic water.  garnish with lime slices.


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