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.


Barbara | Creative Culinary said...

I think I need to make some cherry vodka; cherry liqueur is a 6 month wait and I'm not patient enough for that. I have fresh cherry syrup though so think I'll try my own version.

I have agave nectar too; can you tell a difference when you use it versus a simple syrup for cocktails?

Holly @ said...

Hope you are enjoying the version made for "by the pool"! Happy 4th!

Lea Ann said...

I have some cherries in the fridge that are on the verge of needing attention. This drink is very pretty. I didn't know that about agave and would love to use it in place of a simple syrup.

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Love this cocktail. I just might make some of my own cherry vodka too.

vickie said...

LOL - love the tumbler of cherry limeade fun! That one gets my vote, for sure. Another great use for Agave is in iced tea. It stirs right in so I can enjoy my sweet tea without subjecting everyone to sweetened tea.

Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet said...

Sounds delish! I think you need more cocktail recipes! :)

Anonymous said...

You can make really good cherry vodka in about a week if you just add 1-2 tablespoons of sugar to the jar you when you put the cherries and vodka in. It extracts the flavor much faster.

Love me some Cherry Vodka with just some ice cubes and a splash of lime

Karen Harris said...

I don't usually publish anonymous comments but this one actually had some interesting information. I'm going to try this next time. Thanks whoever you are!