In the words of Ms Polka Dot herself (via twitter) “The best thing about December is the cherries!”. I wholeheartedly agree, but I’d like to add that cherries, muddled with vodka. lime and mint are even better! So, after a cherry picking expedition with the kids all systems were go to create this lovely yuletide beverage…
5 fresh cherries (pitted) plus an extra 2 for the garnish
1 tablespoon caster sugar
3 mint leaves
1/2 a lime cut into 4 slices
2 oz (60ml) vodka of choice. You can adjust this quantity to taste.
2 oz (60ml) tonic water
1/2 a cup of crushed ice
1. Place the lime pieces, sugar, leaves and pitted cherries in a cocktail shaker. Use your muddler (or the end of a wooden spoon) to squash the limes and cherries – careful not to over squash.
2. Pour the vodka and tonic water into the shaker, together with the crushed ice and give it a shake.
3. Pour into a glass and garnish with cherries passed onto a bamboo skewer. It’s amazing how these fresh cherries are enough to create this gorgeous red colour!
4. Enjoy (at least 2) and Merry Christmas!