Yaaay, thank goodness the weekend’s almost here! We’re near the end of a long week and we’ll definitely need a couple of drinks later this evening. Well, don’t head to a noisy, crowded bar for watered down happy hour cocktails after work. Instead, make yourself this cool, crisp lime rickey and unwind in the comfort of your home. This gin cocktail, flavored with cherries, is light and tart, with just a hint of sweetness, which is a nice change of pace from beer, wine, or the typical sweet mixed drink. So, when you get home tonight, kick off your shoes, put your feet up, and relax with a cherry-lime rickey. For you teetotalers out there, simply omit the gin, and add more club soda.
Have a relaxing weekend everyone!
Yields 1 cocktail
For the Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
For the Cocktail
1 lime, cut in rounds or wedges
sugar, to rim cocktail glass
ice cubes, as needed
8-10 cherries, fresh or frozen, pitted and finely chopped
1/2 ounce simple syrup (recipe below)
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 1/2 ounces gin
3 dashes Angostura bitters
club soda or seltzer, chilled
2 cherries, for garnish
To make the simple syrup, bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Simmer until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool completely. Syrup can be refrigerated in a glass jar for up to 2 weeks.
Run a piece of lime on the rim of the cocktail glass and then dip rim in sugar. Add several ice cubes. Add the chopped cherries, simple syrup, lime juice, gin, bitters, and stir. Top with club soda or seltzer and garnish with lime slice and more cherries.
Note: Omit the gin and add more club soda for a kid-friendly version.
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