When I was a kid, one of my favorite things was to order a kiddie cocktail at restaurants when i was out with my parents. I remember loving the cherries in particular, and it was a real treat when I got more than one cherry in my drink.
Oh yeah, that's what it was all about, right?
These days I prefer more adult cockails.
This one includes tart cherry juice, so it's not as sweet as that childhood beverage. And there's vodka, too.
I've always been a fan of Canada Dry ginger ale, and usually have some on hand. It's a comforting fizzy drink when my tummy's feeling a little unhappy, and it makes a nice fizzy cocktail that's a little sweet - but not too much - and with a little zip from the ginger.
So it seemed perfect for my adult cocktail, to go with the tart cherry juice.
If you can't find tart cherry juice, then pomegranate would work well, too, but I had no trouble picking up everything I needed at my local Safeway, so you shouldn't have a problem.
The color is a pretty red, perfect for the holidays, and the flavor is light and refreshing, so it's great as a pre-dinner drink, or for a cocktail-and-appetizer party.
Maraschino cherries can sometimes be found in green as well as red, particularly near the holidays, so those could be fun along with - or instead of - the red cherries.
1 ounce vodka
2 ounces tart cherry juice
Canada Dry Ginger Ale, to fill glass
Maraschino cherries, for garnish
Fill your glass with as much ice as you like.
Add the vodka and tart cherry juice, then fill the glass with ginger ale.
Garnish with cherries and serve.
If you prefer, you can mix these by the pitcher - without the ice - then just fill your glasses with ice and pour. But don't let it sit too long, or you'll lose the fizz.
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