Cherry Lavender Spritzer

Ingredients:

900g pitted and halved Northwest fresh sweet cherries
470ml water
3 tablespoons lavender
2 tablespoons sugar
260ml vodka
Crushed ice
Club soda
6 Northwest fresh sweet cherries with stems
6 Sprigs lavender blossoms

Directions:

Combine cherries, water, lavender and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat mixture until it barely begins to boil. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool completely. Strain and reserve liquid. For each drink, combine 118ml cherry-lavender mixture, 45ml vodka and 60g crushed ice in a tall 12-ounce cocktail glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a cherry with stem and a sprig of lavender blossoms.

Please drink responsibly.

Variation:

For a delicious cherry martini, shake or stir strained cherry-lavender mixture, vodka and ice together. Strain into an 8-ounce martini glass, top with soda and garnish with a cherry with stem and a sprig of lavender blossoms.

Tip:

Recipe may be doubled.
Pitted frozen sweet cherries may be substituted when fresh cherries are not in season.
Cherry-lavender mixture may be stored in the refrigerator for a week.

6 servings

Cherry Lavender Spritzer