Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July with a Cherry Limeade "Skinny-tini"

I don’t do many cocktails on here, not because I don’t like ‘em, but because I just never think about doing them until I’m drinking them and then I forget what I put in them afterward.  Well, this time I knew that I had to pass this one on so I wrote down the ingredients before I had my second one.

I started out with my own homemade cherry vodka that I made in a panic one night when I noticed that the $4.99 a pound cherries that I had forgotten about in the fridge either needed to be used or thrown out.  I quickly pitted them and cut them in half.  I threw the halves in a quart jar and then filled it to the brim with some vodka, sealed it tightly and stuck it in a dark place.  I shook the jar around whenever I thought about it and six weeks later I strained it and voila!  Cherry vodka.

I thought that the 4th of July was the perfect day to celebrate with a cocktail for my blog.  Since it has been so hot an “ade” of some sort seemed perfect, and since Iimes were on sale, limeade won out.  I mixed it together using fresh lime juice and light agave nectar instead of making simple syrup with sugar and water. 

I used agave because it I look upon it as nature’s simple syrup.  Not only is it already in liquid form, but agave nectar has a low glycemic index which means your body processes it slower than sugar avoiding any sugar rush.  Even though it has just about the same amount of calories as sugar it is about 25% sweeter, so you can use less of it.  I guess you could say this is kind of my homemade version of a “SkinnyGirl” cocktail.

Cherry Limeade Skinny-tini

3 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice, strained of pulp if desired

3 ounces cherry vodka

1 - 3 tablespoons light agave nectar (I like the max amount, but this is really a matter of taste)

3 ounces club soda

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake.  Pour into 2 chilled martini glasses and garnish with a cherry or lime wedge.  Serve immediately. 

Makes 2 martinis or . . .

one large martini on the rocks by the pool.
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