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Cherry Gin & Tonics! So Refreshing!

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Nothing says summer like sweet cherries, which have several varietals — some sweet and others tart. But all cherries have one thing in common, they are succulent and delicious.  Summer cocktail season has just begun and a Cherry Gin & Tonic, definitely hits the spot on a warm day.  A basic gin & tonic is pretty simple, but with sweet and sour cherry juice added in, this cocktail is one you will be sipping on all summer long.

Serve these Cherry Gin & Tonics for an outdoor barbecue or after a long hard week — they are truly satisfying.  You can double the batch for groups and large parties too.  Happy Summer!

Ingredients

1 cup fresh or frozen, dark cherries – pitted

1/4 cup organic sugar

2/3 cup water

Gin, I like Hendricks

1 bottle tonic water

(Makes about 4 Cocktails)

To Prepare:

1.  In a small saucepan, add the cherries, sugar and water.  Bring the mixture to a boil and turn off the heat.  Let steep in the pan for 30 minutes.

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2.  Strain the cherries from the juice and reserve both.

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3.  Place the Hendrick’s, tonic, cherry juice, cherries and glasses on the counter to assemble the cocktails.

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4.  Fill the glasses with ice and pour 2 ounces of gin into each glass, followed by 1 1/2 ounces of cherry juice.  Fill the rest of the glass with tonic water, stir.  Top with a cherry and enjoy!

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