I’m a big fan of Kitchen Play’s monthly menus and blogger contest, but I haven’t tried one of their recipes for quite a while. This month they’re featuring a cherry-themed menu sponsored by the Cherry Marketing Institute. I 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
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 Meyer 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 Meyer 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 2 of the prepared glasses. Repeat with the remaining vodka mixture. Place a cocktail pick with frozen tart cherries onto each glass and serve.
For more recipes like this one, check out the Domesticity page.
Photos by Shawn Poynter.
*Check out the link for a non-alcoholic version of this drink!