cherry rickey

Rumour has it that the famous cherry blossom in Washington D.C will be in peak bloom soon. This makes me very happy – partly because it’s sooo very pretty (seriously, go and see it) and partly because it means that Spring is well and truly here!

This really does fill my heart with joy, so to celebrate I’m filling my glass with D.C distilled Green Hat gin, the spring version obviously and luscious cherries. Beautiful!
I’ve used the sort of cherries that come it bottles and jars so that I can use the syrup that they are packed in. If you use frozen ones just reserve any juice that is left once they’ve defrosted and mix it with some simple syrup.

cherry rickey

ingredients
makes 2

70ml gin (if you can get it use Green Hat)
1 tsp sugar
juice of 1 lime
30ml cherry juice
10(ish) cherries
soda water

Put the lime juice, cherries, cherry juice and sugar in a cocktail shaker and gently muddle it together, you don’t want to totally annihilate the cherries. Add the gin and plenty of ice and then give it a good shake. Pour into two rocks glasses, ice and all, top with a little soda water and garnish with a cherry and slice of lime.

cherry rickey