Enjoy frozen tart cherrytinis for the impending spring

March 22 | Guest post by Dale Mackey

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.

  1. Oh man, that sounds good! Now I need to see if anywhere local carries cherry juice.

    Frozen cherries, pureed, with mint simple syrup and bourbon also results in an extremely pleasant beverage, though it needs a fairly neutral base like lemonade or apple juice or carbonated water to make a nice, full-sized glass of liquid.

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    • I've been seeing Cheribundi brand cherry juice in the grocery stores recently. They have personal-sized ones in our big box store, Safeway (in the pre-bottled smoothies section), but I've seen full-sized bottles at Sprouts, our poor man's Whole Foods.

      I think cherry juice is the new pomegranate juice?

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  2. And here I am, stuck at work when there are frozen cherry libations to be had!

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