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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.
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cherry Gin and Tonic
Servings: 6
Author: Molly Watson


  • 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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