Quick & Easy

Crushed cherry cocktail or cordial

This sweet and refreshing crushed cherry drink can be enjoyed on it's own as a beautiful cordial or with an added punch to create a delicious cocktail. Delicious and uplifting, it's perfect for warmer Summer evenings.



1.Combine cherries, sugar, water, wine, bay leaves, vanilla beans and seeds, and rind in a large saucepan. Stir over medium heat, without boiling, until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat; simmer 30 minutes, crushing cherries occasionally with a potato masher. Cool. Cover; refrigerate overnight.
2.Strain mixture, reserving cherries, vanilla beans and rind. Stir in juice.
3.To serve, either pour 1/4 cup cherry syrup into Champagne flutes, add a few reserved cherries and top with sparking wine. Or, pour syrup into a large jug, top with ice, some reserved cherries, vanilla beans and rind; top with soda water.

Recipe can be made 1 week ahead.


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