Cherry Gin Fizz

Ingredients

  • 4-6 fresh cherries
  • 1 bar spoon or teaspoon Luxardo juice (a spoonful of the liquid from a jar of Luxardo maraschino cherries)
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz gin (I prefer Spring 44 for this drink)
  • 2 oz seltzer
  • a fresh slice of lime for garnish
  • other herbal garnishes as desired

Directions

  1. Fill a lowball glass halfway with ice, preferably small cubes or crushed.
  2. In a pint glass or cocktail mixer, muddle the cherries and cherry juice. Add lime juice. Add gin. Pour over the ice into the glass.
  3. Fill the glass with seltzer then stir with cocktail spoon.
  4. Garnish with lime slice and/or other herb sprigs as desired.

Note: A cherry gin fizz is typically made using fresh cherries muddled with sugar. I tend to have Luxardo cherries in stock for making a good Old Fashioned, so I liked the idea of using a bit of the syrupy sweet liquid from the jar instead of sugar. You could also use some straight up Luxardo liqueur if you’ve got it.

gin and cherries