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Spring Drink Recipe: Sour Cherry and Prosecco Cocktail

Posted by Alexandra C. | Tuesday April 10, 201210 comments


This past Easter weekend, the sun was shining and I was feeling the spring weather. My family gathered together for our traditional Easter dinner and my mother, who is not usually the Martha Stewart type (unless she is reading this, which in that case I have to say that Martha Stewart actually calls her for advice), made these fabulous sour cherry and processo cocktails for everyone. It was the perfect drink to have on a spring day! It's sweet, refreshing and as my mother proved, incredibly easy to create. I was quite impressed with it so I had to share with all the chicks!

Here's what you need: 

1-2 Cans of sour cherries in water 
Rosemary (fresh is always better)
Ginger Ale (to taste)
Sugar (to taste)
Prosecco 
(one can of sour cherries will make about 2-3 drinks depending on the amount of processo you add)  

Step 1: Cherry Juice  
 



Strain the cherries so that you only have the water left. I like to press the cherries lightly with a fork or spatula to make sure all the juice is out but you'll use the cherries later on for garnish so be careful. Canned sour cherries are a bit difficult to find. They should be at your local grocery store but they might be tucked away in an odd place like the international or the kosher aisle (where I found mine).

Step 2: Sugar 

 
 

Add sugar for a bit of sweetness to the cherry juice. I added about 2 tbsp for one can of cherries because I like sweet cocktails, but add as little or as much as you want. 

Step 3: Ginger Ale 


I like the fizziness and the slight bitter taste that ginger ale gives this cocktail so I put in about 2 tbsp but this step isn't necessary, add as much as you'd like. 

Step 4: Rosemary 


Add one or two sprigs of rosemary to the cherry juice. Stir and let it sit for about a minute. Once done, spoon or pour the cherry juice into a champagne flute. Like I mentioned, I've got a bit of a sweet tooth so I like to fill my glass up 1/2 to 3/4 of the way with the cherry juice. If you're in more of a prosecco mood, you can fill your glass 1/4 or 1/3 of the way with cherry juice. 

Step 5: Prosecco 


Mmmm, my favourite step! Fill the rest of your glass with prosecco. If you aren't familiar with prosecco, it's basically like a champagne type of drink (only much less expensive) and it's available at your local liquor store. 

Final Product  


Garnish your glass with a cherry or two and a bit of rosemary and you're set for patio season! If you want a non alcoholic option for this drink, you can mix the cherry juice with ginger ale which is pretty delicious as well. If you have cherry juice left over, don't worry! It will keep in the fridge, in an airtight container. I like to add the rosemary and a few cherries to the extra juice to keep flavour. 

Now, the only problem I have are all my leftover sour cherries! Let me know if you have a good idea for what I should do with them and let me know what your favourite spring time/patio season drink is!
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9 Comments

on May 11, 2012  sirenstarlight  7,243 said:

This sounds delicious! I've never seen sour cherries at the grocery store here before, though :/

on May 11, 2012  DawnMackie  3,667 said:

Looks pretty

on April 11, 2012  Charmheart16  3,985 said:

This looks good. Thanks for sharing.

on April 11, 2012  assia  1,578 said:

Thanks for the recipe!

on April 11, 2012  Aliza  13,970 said:

Sounds very yummy. I don't know how I feel about the rosemary in the drink...will have to give it a try!

on April 10, 2012  GoneBatty  3,196 said:

This sounds very yummy. My sister in law would die for it!

on April 10, 2012  Bren  25,791 said:

OMG!This sounds awesome I love sour cherry anything and rosemary infused!YUM

on April 10, 2012  takoda  28,648 said:


This looks nice, thanks Alex, you're the drink queen.LOL

on April 10, 2012  shuey  2,784 said:

Looks delicious, I was waiting for this weekend's drink idea. Thanks Alex.

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