Instead of the fluorescent cocktail-cherry garnish, fresh cherries take center stage in this refreshing lemon-and-vodka sipper. Macerating the cherries in sugar helps to soften their thick skins and release their juices, which become gorgeously syrupy in the pan.

Julia Levy
This Story Originally Appeared On cookinglight.com

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Credit: Jennifer Causey

Recipe Summary

active:
25 mins
total:
55 mins
Yield:
Serves 8 (serving size: about 1 cup)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Combine 1 1/2 cups cherries and sugar in a small saucepan; let stand 10 minutes or until juices have released, stirring occasionally. Place pan over medium-high. Add 1 cup water, 6 basil sprigs, and ginger to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 10 minutes or until sugar dissolves and cherries have broken down. Remove pan from heat. Gently mash cherry mixture with a potato masher or a fork. Let stand 30 minutes at room temperature.

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  • Strain cherry mixture through a mesh sieve over a large pitcher; discard solids. Add remaining 3 cups water, lemon juice, and vodka to pitcher; stir gently to combine. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup fresh cherries. Add seltzer water to pitcher just before serving. Pour about 1 cup cherry mixture into each of 8 ice-filled glasses. Garnish each glass with a small basil sprig.

Nutrition Facts

175 calories; fat 0.2g; protein 1g; carbohydrates 20g; fiber 1g; sodium 23mg; calcium 19mg; sugars 18g; added sugar 13g.
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