Smoked Cherry Limeade

I had recently purchased a bag of frozen sweet cherries, so I put them in a colander, gave them a rinse, and patted them dry. (Don’t skip this important step—smoke doesn’t adhere well to wet foods.) I soaked some of my go-to pecan chips and fired up my grill. With the grill on low, I added the chips to a little smoking box and then added the cherries, still in the colander, to the grill. I let them smoke for about two and a half hours, changing the wood twice. The resulting dark and jammy cherries were just perfect. I took half of them and brought them to a boil with some sugar and half the amount of water I normally use for a simple syrup. From here, the idea to make a grown-up smoked cherry limeade was born.

By / Photography By Aaron Snow | April 26, 2017

Preparation

Fill a shaker ¾ full with ice. Add cherry syrup, juice, and vodka. Shake vigorously and strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice. Top off with mineral water, stir, and garnish with a slice of lime and a smoked cherry.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce smoked cherry syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • mineral water
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