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Cherry Vodka Spritzer

Cherry Vodka Spritzer

Can I just say how glad I am that it is Friday?! It’s been a busy week in the lab and I can’t wait to sleep in this weekend! I think I am in need of a major happy hour. What better recipe to post on a Friday than a perfect cherry vodka spritzer? This was the third recipe me and the girls made last weekend for the 10lb. Cherry Challenge with Northwest Cherries and OXO!

Cherry Vodka Spritzer

I’m a big fan of spritzers. I love the fizz that the club soda adds. This spritzer is so good, I might drink the entire pitcher myself. And then I would probably regret it immediately because I’m basically an old lady and after one drink, I want to take a nap…

Cherry Vodka Spritzer

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Cherry Vodka Spritzer

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

For the cherry syrup:

  • 2 cups pitted cherries
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water

For the vodka spritzer:

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) vodka
  • 1 lemon (or lime), juiced
  • cherry simple syrup to taste*
  • 5-6 cups clubs soda*
  • lemon slices, basil, and/or cherries for garnish

Directions:

For the cherry syrup:

  1. Stir together the water and sugar in a sauce pan and heat over medium heat. Stir in the cherries. Let simmer for about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and pour into a food processor or a blender (with the top cap on the lid removed to let heat escape and cover with a kitchen towel) and blend until smooth. Let cool completely.

For the vodka spritzer:

  1. In a large pitcher, stir together the vodka and lemon juice.
  2. Then stir in about 3/4 cup of the cherry syrup and the club soda. Feel free to add more or less of the cherry syrup and/or club soda. You can also adjust the amount of the vodka if you wanted to!

If you want to make this virgin, add more club soda. You could also add more lemon juice and make cherry lemonade!

Stay tuned for the 10lb. Cherry Challenge on OXO’s Facebook page this Sunday. I hope you’ll vote for me! :)

Check out my other 10lb. Cherry Challenge recipes:
Cherry Salsa
Cherry Almond Dark Chocolate Scones

Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the 10lb. Cherry Challenge with OXO and Northwest Cherries. Northwest Cherries sent me the cherries and OXO sent some baking supplies to help with the challenge. As always, all opinions are my own.

I also want to give a big shout out to my awesome coworkers Julie, Leigh, Sarah, and Angela who came over and helped me use up all of those cherries!

Cherry Vodka Spritzer

   

14 Responses to “Cherry Vodka Spritzer”

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    Carolyn — August 9, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Oh yes please! I am glad it’s Friday too. What a great use for some of those cherries!

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    Ari @ Ari's Menu — August 9, 2013 at 8:35 am

    This looks so simple, refreshing and delicious! Happy Friday indeed!

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — August 9, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I think this mama needs to have one of these to celebrate Friday night!

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — August 9, 2013 at 10:27 am

    What a perfect use of cherries! ;)

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — August 10, 2013 at 12:44 am

    After a hellish week, I could use eight of these. On second thought, just hook me up to an unlimited supply and pump me full of its goodness.

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    GourmetGetaways — August 10, 2013 at 4:31 am

    Oh I do share your sentiment!!
    Thank god for the weekend, I would love to be drinking this now!!

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    Ramona — August 10, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Refreshing and absolutely tasty… This is what a call a WINNER!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — August 10, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Oh how perfect. I just bought fresh cherries from the market tonight! This cocktail is calling my name. ;)

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    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — August 11, 2013 at 12:05 am

    What a perfect summer cocktail, Stephanie! Make mine a double! ;- }

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — August 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Love this 10 lb cherry challenge! What a cheery (and cherry! ;)) drink!

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    Jennie — August 12, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    I love a good cocktail, and this is a good cocktail. I’m with you. One drink, and I’m done.

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — August 13, 2013 at 10:37 am

    This looks fantastically refreshing!

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