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Sip, sip, hooray! This refreshing gin cocktail is equal parts cool and tart and perfect for poolside or beachfront evenings. Making a syrup (great for a Shirley Temple, too!) and straining the cherries, allows for full extraction of cherry flavor and a clear, not cloudy, libation. The salt caught your eye? Don’t skip it! It helps to round out all the flavors nicely and make the cherry flavor pop. Lose the gin for a fun mocktail or kid-friendly refreshment. The recipe easily doubles or triples if you’re throwing a bash. Here’s an idea: double the cherry, double the fun and serve with these Cherry Bourbon Chicken Wings.


Credit: Victor Protasio

Recipe Summary

10 mins
1 hr 10 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring cherries, sugar, water, and salt to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl; discard solids.

  • Stir together cherry syrup, lime juice, soft drink, and gin in a small pitcher. Pour evenly into 4 rocks glasses filled with crushed ice. Garnish with lime slices.

Nutrition Facts

385 calories; fat 0.3g; saturated fat 0.1g; protein 1.1g; carbohydrates 71.6g; fiber 1.5g; sugars 63.8g; sodium 130.8mg.