I remember bellying up to the bar with my mom when I was a little kid, and ordering a Kiddie Cocktail. Yeah, I had a weird childhood.
The Kiddie Cocktail was little more that lemon-lime soda with a maraschino cherry and some cherry juice. But it seemed like a the real deal.
It's a wonder I didn't grow up to be a hooker or a lush.
But back to those cherries. I liked them when I was a kid, but as an adult, I'm no longer fond of them. Particularly after I read about how they're made. Just doesn't seem appealing.
But then I saw Luxardo cherries at a local store. The label said they were the original maraschino cherries, and instead of being that unnatural red, they were a very dark red - like you'd expect dark cherries to be. So I bought them.
And I liked them. A lot. So I whipped up a cocktail. You know, because I needed an excuse to use the cherries in a drink and stop eating them straight from the jar.
I was thinking about sangria, but with white wine, since red wines and I don't always get along. I used a Moscato from Cupcake Vineyards for the wine. It's lightly sparkling, and just a little sweet. Instead of making a pitcher, I made just one glass. Well, technically, I've made several glasses. But one at a time.
And now I'm looking forward to putting these cherries on top of ice cream. Or maybe in ice cream. We'll see.
Luxardo cherries (plus some juice)
Fresh fruit for garnish
1 ounce Crown Royal whiskey
4 ounces Cupake Moscato
Skewer some fresh fruit and cherries for garnish. I used pineapple and strawberries.
Fill a small glass with ice. Drizzle in small spoon of cherry juice. Add the whiskey and top with the wine. Add the fruit skewer garnish. Serve.
Repeat as necessary.