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Sour-Cherry Cordials

Fresh sour cherries are available seasonally at farmers' markets.

  • Servings: 8

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2008


  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh or thawed frozen sour cherries, pitted (about 3 cups), plus more for garnish (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups Muscat wine
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) gin
  • 3 cups (24 ounces) seltzer water
  • 8 strips lemon zest (optional)


  1. Bring cherries, sugar, wine, lemon juice, and salt to a gentle simmer over medium-low heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cook for 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer cherries to a bowl. Raise heat to medium-high, and cook until mixture is syrupy, about 5 minutes. Let cool completely. Return cherries to syrup. (Cherries in syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 month.)

  2. Fill 8 glasses with ice. Pour 2 tablespoons gin and 2 tablespoons syrup into each glass, and add 5 cherries. Divide seltzer among glasses (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons each). Garnish with fresh cherries and lemon zest strips, if desired. Serve immediately.


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