The Firecracker

Photo: Johnny Miller
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins

Mix up a pitcher of cocktails and you'll spend less time playing bartender. This sweet-tart combo of rose, sour cherries, and simple syrup starts the party off with a bang.


  • ¾ cup sugar

  • 1 cup fresh or thawed frozen sour cherries, pitted

  • 16 ounces London dry gin

  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice (from about 4 lemons)

  • 1 bottle (750 mL) chilled dry rose wine

  • Ice

  • Lemon slices, for garnish


  1. Bring sugar and 3/4 cup water to a boil in a small pot. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and let cool. Simple syrup can be refrigerated up to 2 weeks.

  2. Combine syrup, cherries, and gin in a 3-quart pitcher, and refrigerate until cold, at least 2 hours and up to 6 hours. Stir in lemon juice and wine. Serve over ice, and garnish with lemon slices.

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