It’s official, summer has arrived! Time to break out the cherries and the lemonade. Oh, and don’t forget the bourbon (that’s a given). This past weekend I mixed up a celebratory summer cocktail using some cherries from the farmer’s market. I think I forgot just how amazing fresh cherry juice is, because let me tell you, it doesn’t get much better than kicking back with one of these on a hot summer’s day. Luckily, it’s just the beginning . . .
- 2 oz bourbon
- 1/2 oz Aperol
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 3/4 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
- 2 oz sparkling water
- 8 cherries
Next, de-stem and pit the cherries and add them to a shaker. Combine with the simple syrup and muddle until the cherries are thoroughly crushed.
Add the lemon juice, Aperol, and bourbon. Fill your shaker with ice, and shake for a full 10 seconds.
Strain into a tall glass over new ice and top with sparkling water. Add a straw and a sprig of fresh mint. Make sure to pace yourself . . . these go down quickly!
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