It is in fact cherry season, and it’s not very long, and one that we should take complete advantage of. Those plump little globes are so naturally sweet to eat as a snack, or bake up fantastically in a dessert, but in a cocktail, they truly can shine too. Pitting cherries isn’t hard if you have a cherry-pitter, but if you don’t want to make the investment, just give them a whack with a good knife, after you remove the stem, and weed out the pit with your fingers. Cherries are a fruit that in underutilized in cocktail making, and what makes them so appealing, it that they don’t make drinks overly sweet, but infuse them with cherry essence.
Martini’s are never out of style, and during the summertime, it’s fun to make them slightly fruity with flavors of the season. Fresh cherries, vodka and a splash of kirsch or cherry liqueur are the ingredients, as well as a drop or two of cherry syrup from the luxardo jar, make this one cool drink. The colors are magical and bring cheer to any gathering or evening where you want to enjoy a lovely cocktail. One of the many treasures of summer.
5 pitted and torn in half fresh cherries + more whole cherries for glass
3 ounces vodka, any variety
1/2 ounce kirsch or other cherry liqueur
1-2 teaspoons cherry syrup from luxardo or amarena jar
(Makes 1 Cocktail)
- In a martini shaker, add pitted torn cherries, vodka, kirsch and cherry syrup. Fill with ice.
- Shake, shake, shake.
- Add a few whole cherries to a martini glass and strain martini over top. Enjoy!