Friday, March 9, 2012
It's about time we reintroduced our Friday Happy Hour around these parts, wouldn't you say? For this Friday's happy hour on our drink menu we have vodka martinis with fresh raspberries and sour cherry juice.
Lately I've been seeing sour cherry juice popping up in stores. I've seen it at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. I absolutely love the taste as I love sour cherries. My favorite is pure sour cherry juice (not from concentrate, no sugar). It is great as an anti-oxidant, and tastes much less pucker-face sour than a fresh sour cherry. Nevertheless, due to the acidity it is not recommended to have more than one shot of the juice per day.
As a result, we decided to try it in drinks. In this cocktail, we use crème de cassis (sweet, black currant liqueur) to counteract the tartness of the cherry juice and to complement the raspberries.
Tart Cherry Berry Martini
You will need:
2 shots sour cherry juice
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
2 shots vodka
1 shot crème de cassis
In a blender, blend cherry juice and raspberries. Add the mixture to a shaker, followed by vodka, crème de cassis, and ice. Shake well. Strain into two martini glasses. Top with cherries for fun. Enjoy.