I love fruit based cocktails. Let me say that right out front. It seems as though they should be easy to throw together. Not so much. With fruit cocktails the balance of sweet can easily overpower the drink. The fruit is sweet right out of the gate and the over addition of agave nectar or simple syrup can easily push it over the edge. More kid’s fruit drink with alcohol than sophisticated cocktail. I always seem to be thinking about what great combination I can come up with next. Like a (slightly) mad scientist concocting a fruity elixir for that Friday night wind down. Friday you say? Yep. That is today. No big coincidence there. Let’s get this weekend started!
My Cherry Martini has a couple of incarnations. One up town, one down town. One deep red and the other clear. Both have the same ingredients. The process to make each is different as is the taste. The Bada Bing Cherry Martini (the red version) is earthier with a deeper cherry flavor. The white (Wicked White Cherry Martini) is cleaner with a more sophisticated taste (and a killer look, clear with deep ruby red cherries dead center). Tonight I am feeling a little more “up town” and so white it is.
When putting any fruit based cocktail together it is really to start by tasting the fruit. That will have a huge impact on the amount of sweetener (whether simple syrup or agave nectar) which will need to be used. The cherries I used were sweet but not super sweet and so I used a bit more simple syrup than I would have if the cherries were flat out sweet. So taste first and mix second! And remember if the fruit is very sweet then skip the sweetener all together. This is as much art as science.
Enjoy this Wicked White Cherry Cocktail and have a wonderful weekend!
P.S. Don’t worry I will share the Bing Cherry Martini next Friday!
- ½-1 oz Simple Syrup (according to taste)
- Splash of Lime juice
- 3-6 Cherries, pitted and cut in half
- 2 oz Black Cherry Vodka (I use Effin)
- Put ice and cold water in a martini glass to chill
- Place simple syrup, lime juice, black cherry vodka and ice in a cocktail shaker.
- Shake, shake, shake until very cold (if you can barely hold the shaker that is about right)
- Pour ice water out of martini glass and strain mixture from cocktail shaker into prepared glass.
- Garnish with the cherry halves.
Simple syrup has the perfect name. It should be called Super Simple Syrup. It is a great sweetener for cocktails and keeps for a month in the refrigerator.
- ½ cup Sugar
- ½ cup Very Hot Water
- In a clean mason jar mix the sugar and very hot water. Cover. Shake until sugar completely dissolves.
- Let cool completely before using.
- Store in refrigerator for up to a month