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Sour Cherry Gin and Tonic

Sour Cherry Gin and Tonic recipe

Learn how to make a sour cherry gin and tonic for a Summertime drink that balances tart and sweet. (Recipe courtesy of Adrianna Adarme of the Fresh Tastes blog)


Yield: 2 servings

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  • 1 cup (about 1/4) pound sour cherries or regular cherries, pitted
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, water
  • 3 limes 
  • Gin of choice
  • Tonic of choice


  1. In a medium saucepan, set over medium heat, combine the cherries, sugar and water. Using a wooden spoon, mash the cherries with the back of a spoon. Cover the pot and bring the mixture to a simmer, allowing the cherries to cook down and thicken. Note: If you're using regular cherries, this may take longer as they tend to be much studier and less juicy than sour cherries. You also might need to add a splash or two of extra water. 
  2. Turn off the heat and allow the syrup to come to room temperature; the mixture will thicken as it cools. Run the cherry mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing the cherry pulp with the back of a spoon to release all of its juices. Squeeze in the juice from 1 lime. 
  3. To assemble the cocktails, add about 1 1/2 ounces of cherry syrup and 2 ounces of gin to each glass. Add ice and top the whole drink off with a few splashes of tonic water. Garnish with a few slices of lime.
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