A simple recipe for a seasonal cocktail today – I sipped this while I made 4 different batches of cherry preserves (details to come):
It`s not a mild drink but you could soften it up by replacing some of the booze with simple syrup (sugar and water) or just adding simple syrup to it. Here`s how to make it:
- Pit 8 cherries and crush them in a bowl. You can do this with a large spoon or even a butter knife. I like to make sure that I`m left with some good hunks – but not whole berries.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of sugar into the cherries and set aside. The longer it sits, the more juice will be pulled out (you could leave this in the fridge overnight if you wanted to – I waited a few minutes).
- Fill a glass with ice. You can`t have enough. I used a small glass.
- Measure 1.5 ounces of vodka and add to glass.
- Measure 0.5 ounces of brandy and add to glass.
- Place a pinch of white pepper in the glass (you could also use finely ground pepper). I used enough that more than half of the surface of the drink was covered in pepper.
- Pour the juice from your cherry mix and stir is all together.
- Place remaining cherries on top (they`re easier to get to this way).
It`s a lovely tipple. 🙂