Jam jars are my preferred drinking vessel once the weather warms up, and right about now is high time to ditch the fancy stemware for more durable -- and not to mention portable! -- cocktail couture. Jam jars do double duty as glassware and shaker, making for less clean up and charming (not girly) cocktails. I prefer less sweet, more refreshing drinks, so a sour is a perfect pick.
So grab your cherry pitter and jam jars, and toast summer with an ice cold cherry sour.
Sweet and Sour Cherry Sparkler
2 ounces vodka
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 ounce room temperature cherry simple syrup (recipe below)
Fresh basil for garnish
In a small jam jar filled with ice, add the vodka, lemon juice and cherry simple syrup. Place the lid on tightly and shake. Remove the lid and fill with club soda.
Garnish with fresh cherries and basil, and enjoy.
Cherry Simple Syrup
1 cup water
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup ripe cherries, pitted
In a small saucepan, heat the water, sugar and cherries until the sugar has completely melted. Using a potato masher, smash the cherries. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and cool over an ice bath.
Note: If you are a flavored vodka drinker, you may substitute vanilla, cherry or whipped cream vodka in place of the traditional for a slightly sweeter cocktail.
(Maureen Petrosky is a writer for TheKitchn.com, a nationally known blog for people who love food and home cooking. Submit any comments or questions to email@example.com.)