Cherry Bellinis

Cherry Bellinis

One of my most favorite cocktails is the bellini. It has everything I love: champagne/sparkling wine and fruit! Cherries have just been calling my name lately and I just couldn’t stop thinking about how awesome a cherry bellini would be! The deep, rich, red color…gah! So gorgeous. And how great would these be for your summer parties?!

Soooo, to make these cherry bellinis, I first made homemade cherry liqueur, and holy heck you guys, it is so good! Bursting with cherry flavor, I want to add it to all of my drinks forever and always. To make the liqueur, I used Everclear®. It’s the perfect grain alcohol to use for liqueurs because it has a neutral flavor profile and provides a clean slate for making your own creations. Everclear® is all about encouraging you to get creative and put your own spin on summer cocktails as a part of their Make It Your Own campaign!

Cherry Bellinis

One thing I really want to point out about making this cherry liqueur is the time it takes to fully steep to really develop that deep and tart cherry flavor. If you have never made your own liqueurs, it’s a process that can take up to a week (sometimes even longer!). I let mine soak for about 5-6 days which I know seems like a long time, but it really pays off because the cherry flavor is so bold. It made enough liqueur for me to use in cocktails all summer long though so it was totally worth the time!

Once the cherry liqueur is ready, the bellinis only take a few minutes to mix up. And while I generally associate cherries with summer months, this liqueur would be so nice to bottle up to give as gifts during the holiday season.

Cherry Bellinis

Cherry Bellinis

Ingredients:

For the cherry liqueur:

  • 2 cups Everclear® grain alcohol
  • 1 1/2 cups ripe pitted cherries (fresh or frozen; if using frozen, be sure to defrost and drain first)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

For the cherry bellinis:

  • 1/2 cup cherry juice
  • 1/3 cup cherry liqueur
  • prosecco, chilled (about 1 cup)

Directions:

For the cherry liqueur:

  1. In an airtight jar, add the cherries and Everclear®. Close with lid and keep in a cool, dark place for 5-6 days to steep.
  2. After 5-6 days, drain the liquid into a saucepan over a fine strainer. Discard solids. Place the pan on the stove over medium low heat. Stir in the water and sugar until well-combined. Bring the mixture to a light boil. Lower the heat slightly and continue simmering for about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Store in the refrigerator.

For the cherry bellinis:

  1. In two champagne flutes, divide the cherry juice and the liqueur evenly amongst each glass. Top with chilled prosecco. Stir gently. Serve.
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Cherry Bellinis

Everclear® is the perfect ingredient for craft cocktails and home mixology, allowing you to put your own spin on new and old favorites. With its neutral grain composition, Everclear® extracts the optimal flavor to infuse your cocktails — whether you’re making bitters, liqueurs, tinctures or extracts. Visit makeityourown.com for recipe ideas, tips and more!

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5 comments

  1. Oooh, this looks amazing! I really need to start making my own liquor. Pinned.

  2. Looks awesome, Stephanie! Love that deep red colour!!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  3. Well this is super cool! I love bellinis but have never made cherry ones!

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