Because of the natural sharpness of the cherries and fresh lime juice, this tasty and refreshing dark cherry and mint fizz isn’t excessively sweet. Fresh mint gives a vibrant note to pull it all together, while a splash of honey adds just the proper amount of sweetness to smooth out the more sour elements.
What is a dark cherry called?
Chelan cherries, also known as black cherries, have a similar appearance to Bing cherries but a milder (though still sweet!) flavor. These cherries are a hardy variety that ripens early in the season and are resistant to cracks and splits.
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What type of cherries are used in drinks?
Maraschino cherries are known as “cocktail cherries” because they are used in a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and cocktails, such as the Tequila Sunrise, the Queen Mary, and the Shirley Temple.
What are the dark cherries in cocktails?
Luxardo cherries are nothing like the candy-apple red chunks that bartenders toss into kids’ cocktails right out of the jar or tin. They provide a bit of sophistication to a stiff drink, with their dark, exquisite finish. On a cold day, their crimson is practically black, and their syrup is thicker than molasses.
What are the ingredients to make dark cherry and mint fizz?
With a 20 minutes of prep time, here are the ingredients that you’re going to need for this drink which serves 4:
- Dark cherries – taste sweet, woody, green, rose-like, and lemony.
- Honey – It can bring out the flavor of this beverage.
- Fresh lime juice – Have a tart, acidic flavor with a slight sweetness in them.
- Fresh mint leaves – For a sweet flavor and a cooling sensation on the tongue.
- Club soda – Adds a distinct taste to this drink.
- Gin – For adults-only version.
How to make dark cherry and mint fizz?
Now that you have gathered all of your ingredients, it is time to make this recipe. Follow the instructions below.
First, In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine dark cherries, honey, and water. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the mixture is warmed through and bubbling, and the cherries have released their juices.
Next, remove the dark cherry mixture from the heat and puree in a blender or food processor until smooth. Pour into a pitcher and set aside to chill for 10-15 minutes at room temperature.
Then stir in the lime juice and mint leaves until everything is well combined. Put it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it.
Lastly, fill four serving glasses with ice and pour in 1/4 cup dark cherry mixture, 1/2 cup club soda, and one-ounce gin. Stir gently to mix and serve immediately. Enjoy!
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- 2 c. dark cherries, pitted (fresh or frozen)
- 2 T. honey
- 1 c. water
- ¼ c. fresh lime juice
- 1 c. fresh mint leaves, washed, patted dry, and torn
- 2 c. club soda
Optional Adults-Only Version:
- Add 1 oz. gin per serving
- Combine dark cherries, honey, and water in a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook, frequently stirring, for 4-5 minutes or until the mixture is warmed through and bubbly and the cherries release their juices.
- Remove from heat , transfer the dark cherry mixture to a blender or food processor , and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a pitcher and let cool at room temperature for 10-15 minutes.
- Add lime juice and mint leaves and stir to combine. Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- To serve, fill four serving glasses with ice and add ¼ cup dark cherry mixture, ½ cup club soda, and one-ounce gin, if using, to each glass. Stir gently to combine and serve immediately.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g
These nutritional calculations might not be accurate. Please speak with a licensed nutritionist to assist you.