Cherry Cocktail & Mocktail

I love cherries! Do you? The good news is that cherries are in season right now, and they cost slightly less than an arm and a leg to purchase. I have subscribed to receive a Bountiful Basket this summer, and a recent add on was 16 lbs of red cherries. I split the order with a friend and was faced with the daunting task of deciding what we should do with 8 pounds of cherries. I came up with a Cherry Cocktail & Mocktail recipe for you!

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My master plan had been to just freeze the cherries, but I need to de-pit them first. We didn’t have a cherry pitter, so my husband got all redneck and made one out of a fork. It made quick work of seven pounds of cherries!

I decided to try my hand at creating a cocktail and mocktail for the 4th of July with the extra cherries we did not freeze!

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The cocktail is a Chocolate Covered Cherry Sangria. Really, did you expect anything else? Y’all know I love my sangria.

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Sangria

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate flavored red wine. My favorite is the brand ChocolatRouge and it is sold at Publix. The brand has two different chocolate wines: one is labeled Dark Red and the other is labeled Rich Chocolate flavors. In the picture above, I am using the Dark Red. This is more of a red wine with a hint of chocolate. If you want more chocolate punch, use the Rich Chocolate.
  • 1 cup chocolate flavored vodka. I used Pinnacle Whipped Chocolate.
  • 2 cups black cherry juice. I found this at Publix with the organic juices.
  • 3 cups ginger ale
  • 1 cup cherries

Directions:

  1. Mix the red wine, vodka, and black cherry juice. Add the ginger ale a little bit at a time as it rises and fizzes. Add the cherries. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

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This version was made using the Rich Chocolate Flavors of the ChocolatRouge. Not as visually appealing, but it was tasty! It had more of a chocolate milk flavor and texture.

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I made this Cherry Limeade for the kids to enjoy during our 4th of July celebration. It was a big hit, and my husband loves it!

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Cherry Limeade

*adapted from Cooking with Paula Deen

Ingredients:

  • 4 cans lime flavored sparkling water (La Croix or Aquafina)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups black cherry juice
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 10 oz cherries
  • Lime slices

Directions:

  1. Juice your lemons and limes. You need 1 cup of fresh lime juice and 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice.
  2. Add to your pitcher. Pour in your black cherry juice.
  3. Add sugar and stir vigorously until dissolved.
  4. Add the sparkling water, one can at a time.
  5. Stir.
  6. Add the cherries and sliced limes. You can also use lime slices as garnish on your glasses.
  7. Refrigerate overnight for best results.

Are you a cherry fan? What’s your favorite cherry recipe?

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