Sour Cherry Gin Slings are the perfect combination of sweet, sour and boozy! Get the recipe below.
Evening folks what are you up to on this sunny, summer day? Today I’m taking a look back into the Supper in the Suburbs archive an updating one of my favourite cocktail recipes. It’s been on the blog for four and a half years so definitely due an upgrade!
A gin lovers dream…
I first shared this recipe after my 22nd birthday when I was just starting to get into gin. Anyone who knows me now knows that I am a big gin fan. My love of the stuff started at university. Before I’d turned 18 I drank pretty much anything put in front of me but by the time I got to university and started visiting more and more cocktails bars I started to learn more about what I liked. Gin and tequila fast became two of my favourite spirits, particularly in cocktails.
Quite a few years down the line and I am most definitely still a gin girl! Though these days it’s more likely to be a gin and tonic in the pub than in a fancy cocktail. Having said that, every once in a while I like to try something different and will have a clear out of the drinks cupboard. This recipe doesn’t require too many ingredients meaning it’s perfect for throwing together at short notice.
Gin can be a bit of an acquired taste, as can the tonic it is often served with, but the sweetness of the cherry cordial and zing of the lime juice compliment the botanicals really well. This drink is bright, fun and possibly slips down a little too easily.
Cherry and lime
Now I need to hold my hands up for a second and admit that I don’t actually know the official difference between sour and regular cherries… I can tell you about all different types of craft gin but not so much about the red fruit that’s essential for this cocktail!
So on that basis I give you free reign to choose any cherry cordial or syrup you can find. And you know what? If all you’ve got is grenadine then that’s fine too. I always thought grenadine was made by cherries but apparently not… Never mind! It tastes like them so still works well in this cocktail!
Cherry cordial isn’t intended to be drunk straight (nor is grenadine for that matter) and as this isn’t a long cocktail it really needs something to cut through the sweetness. The juice of one whole lime in every glass does sound like a lot but trust me this recipe needs it!
A lime wheel and shiny red cherry makes the perfect garnish to finish it off. If you ask me this is the best way to make the most of fresh cherries when they are in season!
Sour Cherry Gin Slings
These Sour Cherry Gin Slings are the perfect fruity cocktail for the summer months.
- 50 millilitres gin
- 25 millilitres Cointreau
- 1 lime juice only
- 50 ml sour cherry cordial see note 1
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- sparkling water
- 1 lime wheel for garnish
- 1 cherry for garnish
Place the gin, Cointreau, lime juice, cherry cordial, Angoustora bitters and ice into a cocktail shaker.
Shake well for 2-3 minutes until well combined and the ice has begun to melt.
Pour over more ice and top up with a splash of sparkling water.
Serve with lime wheels and fresh cherries.
Note 1: can't find cherry cordial? Grenadine makes a great substitute.
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