Summer is upon us, and with that comes a plethora of tasty fruits and veggies. While they’re great on their own, I think the best usage of the abundance of fresh produce is to use or mimic it in a cocktail. Thus, one day while messing around with the booze we already had in the house and craving a refreshing drink for the ninety degree weather outside, this cocktail was born. The Luxardo measurement is given in a range for those of you who want more cherry flavor to the drink! I went with 1/2 oz. and could taste it, but for you cherry lovers out there, more might be better. It’s really just a riff on a French 75, but The Cherry Picker sounds so much more exciting, no?
The Cherry Picker
Yield: 1 cocktail
1/2 oz.-1 oz. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
4 oz. dry sparkling wine or Champagne
2 cherries, preferably Luxardo (optional)
1. If you know early on that you’ll be making this cocktail, stick shaker in the freezer a few hours ahead of time to get it well chilled.
2. Take your shaker out of the freezer. Fill up the shaker and martini glass with chipped ice to keep them chilled while assembling your cocktail.
3. Measure out and pour gin, Luxardo liqueur, lemon juice, and simple syrup into shaker. Cover shaker and shake well for five to ten seconds.
4. Dump ice out of martini glass. Strain liquid into glass. Top off with sparkling wine. Garnish with cherry if desired. Enjoy.
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