Cherry Lime Spritzer Recipe
Whenever my sisters and I went out to a nice restaurant with my parents, we always ordered Shirley Temples – it made us feel so special and turned dinner into a celebration.
I recently came up with a sort of updated version of the Shirley Temple – this Cherry Lime Spritzer.
The Shirley Temple was named after the famous child star known for her spunk as much as her ringlets. I wonder how many people today even know who she was.
I tried to think of a current day child star to name my own kiddie cocktail after but I am at a loss to come up with anyone sweet and innocent enough – any ideas?
Recipe Notes: I used Royal Harvest Pink Blush natural maraschinos in this drink, I love the pretty pink color and the fact that a portion of sales are donated to finding a cure for breast cancer but you can use any maraschino cherries you like. As far as the sugar goes, I like to use ¾ of a cup, if you prefer your drink more or less sweet, adjust accordingly. Make the base of the drink ahead and refrigerate until serving. At serving time, add the cold club soda.
- ¼ cup fresh mint leaves thinly sliced
- ¾ cup sugar more or less to taste
- ¾ cup freshly squeezed lime juice from 6- 8 limes
- ½ cup maraschino cherry juice
- 2 liters cold club soda
- 8 maraschino cherries
- 8 lime slices
- 8 sprigs fresh mint
In a large pitcher, mash together the sliced mint leaves, sugar, lime juice, and maraschino cherry juice with a wooden spoon. Refrigerate until serving time.
Before serving, add the club soda and stir. Pour over ice into glasses and garnish with cherries, lime slices, and mint.
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