Cocktail Hour: Sweet + Sour Cherry Sparkler

 

A Feteful Life: Sweet + Sour Cherry Sparkler

Happy Almost-Fourth! We’ve got the perfect cocktail for your holiday BBQs. Super easy to make with a great sweet-sour balance. And you can leave out the alcohol to make a fun sparkling drink for the kids, too.

Sweet + Sour Cherry Sparkler (slightly adapted from The Kitchn)

Ingredients
– 2 ounces vodka
– 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
– 1 ounce cherry simple syrup (recipe below)
– sparkling water
– fresh basil for garnish

Directions
Combine vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to combine. Pour over crushed ice into a glass and top with sparkling water. Garnish with fresh basil. If making it for kiddos, shake lemon juice and simple syrup only. Pour over crushed ice and top with lots of sparkling water.

Cherry Simple Syrup (from The Kitchn)

Ingredients
– 1 cup water
– 3/4 granulated sugar
– 1 cup ripe cherries, pitted*

Directions
In a small saucepan heat the water, sugar, and cherries until the sugar has completely melted. Using a potato masher, smash the cherries. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, discarding solids. Chill to room temperature.

*if you don’t have a fancy cherry pitter (I don’t), you can push the cherry pits out using a pastry tip.

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Cocktail Hour: Sparkling Bourbon Side Car

A Feteful Life: Sparkling Bourbon Side CarMy husband is a big fan of bourbon (and scotch) and while he normally drinks them straight or on the rocks, I’m always on the hunt for a good cocktail for him to mix things up. For his speakeasy birthday party this year we served a classic sidecar, which uses cognac as the main ingredient along with cointreau and lemon juice. It was delicious but I figured it might be even better substituting the bourbon for the cognac. I was right!

In addition to substituting the bourbon for the cognac, I also decide to serve it over some crushed ice and top it off with some sparkling water. So, essentially, it’s not a true sidecar anymore but the flavor profile is still there and it is delicious!

Sparkling Bourbon Sidecar (recipe by A Feteful Life)

2 ounces quality bourbon
1 ounce cointreau
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
club soda

Directions

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the bourbon, cointreau and lemon juice. Shake to combine. Strain into a old fashioned glass filled with ice. Top off with club soda and garnish with a lemon or orange wedge.