An easy-to-make mocktail — Tart Cherry Spritzer using frozen Montmorency tart cherries, tart cherry concentrate, lime juice, and sparkling cherry water.
February is National Cherry Month and I’m excited to be partnering with the Cherry Marketing Institute to bring you this beverage.
With Valentine’s Day coming up quickly, I thought we’d all be in need of a delicious beverage, yes? And this mocktail is just the thing. It’s festively colored, delicious, and kid-friendly.
It’s fun to share a drink with my husband on Valentine’s Day, but it’s also just as fun to make a special drink for my boys. Since drinks other than milk and water are a rarity in my house, they get really excited over any colored beverage. And these are no exception — the boys LOVE these drinks. And the best part is, they are quite low in sugar and high in health benefits!
In this beverage I’m using two forms of tart cherries — frozen Montmorency tart cherries and Montmorency tart cherry concentrate juice.
Montmorency tart cherries have been linked to protecting the heart (perfect for Valentine’s Day too, am I right?) 🙂 Researchers have found that Montmorency tart cherries may provide cardiovascular benefits such as lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels, reducing inflammation, and improving belly fat — and all of these benefits are linked to reducing heart disease risk.
The drinks are easy to assemble and they also double or triple very easily. Alternatively, the recipe scales down easily too if you just want 2 or 3 drinks.
We love fresh mint in these, but if you can’t find or don’t love fresh mint, these drinks are great without it. The real star of these mocktails is the cherry flavor. ??
An easy-to-make mocktail -- Tart Cherry Spritzer using frozen Montmorency tart cherries, tart cherry concentrate, lime juice, and sparkling cherry water.
- 1 cup frozen Montmorency Tart Cherries thawed
- 2 tablespoons 100% Montmorency Tart Cherry Concentrate
- 8 teaspoons superfine white sugar
- 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 leaves bunch fresh mint
- 3 cups wild cherry-flavored sparkling water
- Optional: fresh lime for garnish
- Pebble or crushed ice
Set out 4 glasses.
Divide the cherries evenly among the glasses.
Add in 1/2 tablespoon Montmorency Tart Cherry Concentrate, 2 teaspoons sugar, 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, and 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves into each glass.
Mash everything together with the back of a wooden spoon.
Fill up the glasses with pebble or crushed ice and then fill to the top with the cherry-flavored sparking water. (Divide the sparkling water evenly among the four glasses).
If desired garnish with additional mint leaves and a sliced lime.
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