Cherry Gin Sling
8 months ago

Cherry Gin Slings

A great signature drink for your next party! The homemade cherry syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Makes 12 drinks
Preparation time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

For the cherry syrup

  • 1 pound cherries, stemmed
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Strips of zest from ½ lemon
  • Strips of zest from ½ orange

For the gin sling:

  • 2 cups gin
  • ⅔ cup Cointreau
  • ⅔ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 ¼ cups cherry syrup (see recipe above)
  • Angostura bitters
  • Ice
  • Sparkling water
  • Lime wheels and fresh
    cherries, for garnish

Directions

1.     In a large sauce pan, combine the cherries with the sugar, water and citrus zests; bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat for 40 minutes. Pass the mixture through a fine strainer, pressing on the solids; you should have 2 ½ cups of liquid. Let cool.

2.     In a pitcher, combine the gin with the Cointreau, lime juice, cherry syrup and a few dashes of bitters; stir well. Pour into ice-filled glasses and top each drink with sparkling water. Garnish with the lime wheels and fresh cherries.

Recipe adapted from Food & Wine