Tart cherry juice is a flavor-rich ingredient for cocktails.
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Sophisticated Cherry Cocktails
Bottoms Up With High-Antioxidant Tart Cherry Juice
One of the healthiest juices you can drink is tart cherry juice. Sometimes called a superfruit,* tart cherries (also called sour cherries and Morello cherries) have among the highest levels of disease-fighting antioxidants, as compared to other fruits. They also contain other important nutrients such as beta carotene (19 times more than blueberries or strawberries), fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamins C and E. A growing body of scientific research links cherries to health benefits, from helping to ease the pain of arthritis and gout, to reducing risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. Cherries also have been found to help regulate the body’s circadian rhythm, prevent memory loss and delay the aging process. You can read more about the fruit at the website of the Cherry Marketing Institute, ChooseCherries.com.
*A superfruit is one that has a high antioxidant level as well as nutritional density. Others include açaí, blueberry, cranberry, grape, guarana, mangosteen, noni and pomegranate.
Most of us are acquainted with the fun side of cherries: cherry pie, ice cream, yogurt and other delights. Now consider the cherry cocktail. These bright red cocktails are also perfect for red-themed holidays like Independence Day, Christmas and Valentine’s Day.
Red Eye Mojito
Cherries, which grow in cooler climates, don’t grow in the sub-tropics. So our two cherry cocktails are fusion drinks. Here, the classic Cuban Mojito goes from pale to bright red with tart cherry juice—while keeping its famous minty rum flavor profile.
Ingredients Per Cocktail
- 2-1/2 teaspoons superfine granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons tart cherry juice
- 12 mint leaves
- Squeeze of fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce white rum
- 1/2 cup club soda
- Place 6 mint leaves in a tall glass. Crush mint leaves with a muddler, or with the back of a spoon.
- Add sugar, tart cherry juice, lime juice, white rum and ice. Mix well.
- Finish the drink with club soda and remaining mint leaves. Stir to combine and serve.
Here, the temperate zone meets the tropics in a cherry-coconut fusion. To make them red, white and blue, add skewers of blueberries alternating with small chunks of fresh coconut.
This cocktail can be served as an alcohol-free drink by eliminating the vodka.
Ingredients Per Cocktail
Guests who prefer alcohol-free drinks can enjoy a glass of cherry juice straight, or with soda.
- 2 ounces tart cherry juice
- 4 ounces coconut water (such as O.N.E. or Zico)
- 2 ounces club soda
- 1 ounce vodka
- Pour ingredients into one 8-ounce glass.
- Stir to combine and serve.
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