Enjoy frozen tart cherrytinis for the impending spring

Guestpost by Dale Mackey on Mar 22nd

I recently made the Frozen Tart Cherrytini and really enjoyed its tart sweetness. I used raw sugar and skipped the frozen cherry garnish since they didn't have any available at our local co-op. If you find cosmos too sweet but like them in theory, this is the drink for you!

Frozen Tart Cherrytini

Servings: 4

  • 12 frozen pitted tart cherries
  • 2 Meyer lemons (or regular lemons if you can't find them)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups tart cherry juice, chilled
  • 1 1/2 cups vodka
  • 2 cups of ice cubes

Thread 3 tart cherries onto each (4-inch) cocktail pick or skewer and keep them in the freezer until they are ready to serve.

Zest one lemon onto a shallow dish, mix together with sugar, set aside. Cut lemon in halves and "rub" the cut-side of the lemon against the rims of the 4 martini glasses. Dip the rims of the glasses into the lemon-sugar.

With a vegetable peeler, peel the other lemon. In a large pitcher, twist the lemon peels to extract the natural oil, and leave the peels inside the pitcher after the twisting and squeezing.

Squeeze the juice from both lemons into the pitcher and add the cherry juice and vodka. Fill a cocktail shaker with 1 cup of ice. Pour 1/2 of the vodka mixture into the cocktail shaker and shake for at least 20 seconds.

Pour into two of the prepared glasses. Repeat with the remaining vodka mixture. Place a cocktail pick with frozen tart cherries onto each glass and serve.

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About Dale Mackey

Dale works for Knoxville Community Television by day and moonlights as an actress, writer, silkscreen artist, and creative writing instructor for prisons and women’s shelters, but likes having a day job too much to do any of these full-time. And? She's got a mess more information on tinctures on her website.