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The Super Cherry

I'm so happy cherries are now in season!  I love them, especially the tart ones.  I don't even mind working around the pit they are so good.  Recently I was reading more about them and discovered they are truly one of the best fruits you can eat!  They are also referred to as a Super Fruit which means they are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients.  They can help protect you against heart disease and inflammation among many other things.  I'm sold.  

In honor of the cherry and since its Friday, here are a few cherry cocktails to try!

Red Eye Mojito

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Ingredients Per Cocktail

  • 2-1/2 teaspoons superfine granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons tart cherry juice
  • 12 mint leaves
  • Squeeze of fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce white rum
  • 1/2 cup club soda
  • Ice
     

Preparation

  • Place 6 mint leaves in a tall glass. Crush mint leaves with a muddler, or with the back of a spoon. 
  • Add sugar, tart cherry juice, lime juice, white rum and ice. Mix well.
  • Finish the drink with club soda and remaining mint leaves. Stir to combine and serve.

 

Red Alert

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Ingredients per cocktail

  • 2 ounces tart cherry juice
  • 4 ounces coconut water (such as O.N.E. or Zico)
  • 2 ounces club soda
  • 1 ounce vodka

Preparation

  1. Pour ingredients into one 8-ounce glass.
  2. Stir to combine and serve. 

Ok, so these next two technically don't have cherry juice but they still sound great.

Cherry Punch

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Ingredients per cocktail

  • 1 oz. cherry vodka
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • Splash of Rose's grenadine
  • Splash of cranberry juice

Shake together all ingredients but cranberry juice with ice. Pour into glass and top with cranberry juice. Garnish with a fresh cherry.


Cherry Cosmo

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Ingredients per cocktail

  • 2 oz. Smirnoff Black Cherry vodka
  • 1 oz. white cranberry juice
  • 3/4 oz. Cointreau
  • Splash of fresh lime juice

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker, and add ice. Shake and strain into a glass. Garnish with fresh or dried cherries

(top two photos and recipes from thenibble.com, second two from cosmopolitan.com)

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