Cherry Gin and Tonic

Cherry Gin and Tonic. Photo © Molly Watson
  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 2 drinks (serves 2)
Ratings (8)

I made one of these on a total lark. We were inundated with fresh cherries (two of us went to different farmers markets and came home with cherry-laden hauls) and I was putting them in anything and everything. I love a classic gin and tonic when the weather turns hot, so I put some cherries in it. Wow. What a discovery. Something about the sweetness of the muddled cherries and the bitter tang of the tonic worked together perfectly. Now I buy them specifically for this purpose, so perfect are they for the summer cocktail hour.

What You'll Need

  • 6 ripe sweet cherries
  • 1/4 cup gin
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice (or to taste)
  • Tonic water​ to taste

How to Make It

Pit cherries and put them in a cocktail shaker or large glass. Use a muddler or large wooden spoon to muddle or gently crush them. Add the gin and lime juice, cover, and shake vigorously for a minute. Fill two glasses with ice and strain the cherry-gin mixture in equal measures over the ice. Add tonic to fill the glass or to taste.