Cherry Blossom Collins

My husband gets the credit for this sweet, refreshing, summertime drink. (I think it would make a delightlful ice cream or sorbet, once I work out the details.) 

Makes 2

  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • Approx. 1/3 Cup Frozen Cherries, diced or pureed
  • 2 Tsp. Loose Green Tea (recommended: Cherry Blossom Green Tea)
  • 10-20 Basil Leaves
  • 1/2 Cup Gin

In a small saucepan, dissolve the sugar in the water.  Add the cherries and bring to a boil, remove from heat and add tea and basil.  Allow to steep for 1 hour.  Strain into a measuring cup (should have about 1/2 cup). 

Fill a shaker with ice, combine cherry-tea syrup and gin, shake until cold.  Serve in a Collins glass over ice.  Garnish with cherries and basil leaves, if desired.

Sweet and Fruity Drink for Summer

Based this off a drink that I had at one of my favorite restaurants the other night.

Makes 2

  • 1/4-1/3  Cup Raspberries (frozen and thawed are fine)
  • 3 Oz. Vodka Tequila (tried it both ways, Tequila is much better)
  • 2 Oz. Chambord
  • 1 Oz. Pama
  • Simple Syrup to taste (approx 1 Oz.)

Mix the vodka and raspberries and puree using blender or stick blender.  (If seeds offend you, you can strain this, but I prefer the pulp.)  Strain, pressing as much of the pulp through as possible with a rubber spatula.  Mix in Chambord, Pama, and simple syrup, shake well with ice.  Strain into martini glasses.  Serve immediately.