“Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries” – Cherry Cocktails with my new “frog” Bibi

“When I sound the fairy call, gather here in silent meeiing, Chin to knee on the orchard wall, cooled with dew and cherries eating. Merry, merry, take a cherry, mine are sounder, mine are rounder, Mine are sweeter for the eater, when the dews fall, and you’ll be fairies all.” – Emily Dickinson

I have some new “frogs” as my trying-to-be-clever husband calls my new blogging friends.  He also thinks it is called a “blogger” rather than blog, but that one’s kind of funny, so I don’t correct him.  Through this blogging process and the wonderful world of social media, I have encountered so many talented people with food blogs.  Bibi of Bibi’s Culinary Journey recently liked my Facebook page and after checking out her page and, of course, liking it I started receiving her updates in my newsfeeds.  She has been posting LOTS of cherry recipes that look utterly delicious.  She lives in Okanagan in Canada and literally has a cherry orchard in her backyard.  I have found myself fascinated with the cherry harvesting process from reading Bibi’s blog and have enjoyed learning about Bibi’s ” culinary journey”.  We were recently chatting about her overabundance of cherries and we thought cherry cocktails were definitely the way to use up some of her crop.  Bibi posted a Cherry Bellini recipe and I originally only intended to post a Mommy’s Cherry Limeade……you won’t find this one at Sonic’s Happy Hour, but then started thinking about chocolate covered cherries and then started thinking about chocolate cocktails and then started thinking about a chocolate covered cherry martini, so this Cherry Happy Hour is 2-4-1 and you get both!  One is crisp and refreshing and one is sweet and decadent, so now you have your afternoon snack and dessert  all in one place!

Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Godiva Chocolate Liquer
  • 1.5 oz Pinnacle Whipped Vanilla Vodka
  • 2 oz Cherry Puree
  • 1 oz Half & Half
  • 1 tsp Grenadine
  • Chocolate syrup
  • For the Cherry Puree
  • 1/2 lb pitted fresh cherries
  • 2 tbsp white sugar

Instructions

  1. Place martini glass in freezer filled with ice cubes for 10 minutes. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shake with ice. Remove glass from freezer and remove ice. Pour chocolate syrup in glass in a circular motion to coat the inside of the glass. Strain the drink into the glass. Garnish with a fresh cherry.
  2. For the Cherry Puree
  3. Thoroughly rinse the cherries. Remove stems and pit. Place cherries and sugar in a food processor and blend until desired consistency. Best used cold.
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Mommy's Cherry Limeade

Ingredients

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 4 oz lemon/lime soda (I used diet)
  • 2 oz Cherry Puree
  • 1 tsp grenadine
  • For the Cherry Puree
  • 1/2 lb pitted fresh cherries
  • 2 tbsp white sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Pour into a tall ice-filled glass. Garnish with lime and a fresh cherry. This can be served over ice or frozen.
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Comments

  1. Shacks, Amanda….you’re so sweet….I love being your new “frog”. I was getting excited about the Mommy’s Cherry Limeaid and then you pull out the big guns and bring Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini. I have no choice the to send boys out to pick more cherries and have Cherry Cocktail party this weekend :)

  2. I was hoping to get a little more clarification on the Cherry Puree and what the consistency “should” be like? Is it really grainy or does it become smooth and liquidy? I’m interested in making the Cherry Lime-aide, but want to make sure I’m mixing the ingredients correctly. Thanks!

    • Hi Rose! Thanks for stopping by. I think the riper the cherry the better, so if you want to speed up the process of ripening for a smoother consistency, you can steam them in a steamer for no more than 3 minutes. Then mash the cherries or puree them. The longer you puree them the smoother it will be. Let me know if I can be of any more help.

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