Whether you have your own cherry tree, a local farmers market or a great produce section at your grocery store, you're likely seeing fresh cherries everywhere. Here's how to put that flavorful bounty to great use!
- 2 pints fresh cherries, pitted and halved
- 1 liter vodka
- Jar with a tight-fitting lid
- Remove the pits and cut the cherries in half.
- Add the cherries to your jar.
- Cover it tightly and let it sit in a dark spot for 2-5 days, stirring every couple of days.
- Test it for flavor after two days.
- When your vodka has taken on the flavor of the cherries, pour through a sieve into a clean container with a lid.
Here's what Kris Mulkey, director of PR for BevMo, has to say about choosing a vodka for infusing, "A low-end vodka may leave an odd aftertaste, and you probably don't want to infuse a premium vodka. We recommend a mid-range vodka like Absolut, Stoli or Skyy for the best results. The hardest part of infusing vodka is the wait!"
And she's right -- we waited three days and it was excruciating.
Cherry lemon drop martini
- 2 ounces cherry-infused vodka
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
- Place the vodka, martini shaker and a martini glass in the freezer several hours before mixing.
- Fill your martini shaker with ice.
- Add the cherry vodka, simple syrup and lemon juice to your shaker and shake vigorously until well blended.
- Pour into your chilled glass.