Victor Protasio
Hands-On Time
10 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 10 Mins

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

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