Summer Cherry Lime Tonic Mocktail or Cocktail
Know this recipe doubles or triples easily; it halves and quarters equally well. For a lighter version, use half tonic water and half soda water.
- 12 ripe sweet cherries
- ¼ cup lime juice
- 3/4 cup dry gin (optional)
- 24 ounces tonic water
- Lime slices for garnish (optional)
Pit the cherries and put them in a cocktail shaker or a large glass. Use a muddler or the back of a large spoon to gently crush them.
Add the lime juice and gin, if using. Let sit for a few minutes. Cover and shake vigorously for 1 minute—you really want the cherry flavor to blend in with everything.
Fill 6 glasses with ice and strain the cherry-gin mixture in equal measures over the ice. Add tonic to fill the glasses or to taste and garnish with a lime slice, if you like. You can spoon in the crushed cherries from the shaker or not—your call.
Photo: Erin Scott Studio.
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