Sparkling Cherry Spritzer

by Amie on August 17, 2012

I’ve been playing with cherries all week.

They’re so darn pretty but that’s not stopping me from finding some pretty darn unique ways to eat ‘em up.

Or should I say drink ‘em up?

In the mood for a lil’ non alcoholic drink?

Mmmmmm. Ya.

That’s what I thought.

Off the record- I’ve been hibernating in my air conditioning along with 10 bags of cherries from Whole Foods Market. They’re so nice to me over there- they treated me to cherries this week and I’ve got the stained pink lips to prove it.

Pucker up.

Because this spritzer is a heck of a lotta fun to sip.

Kinda like a mint julep- but without the whole alcohol thing.

And since I can’t drink alcohol- this has become my go-to beverage of the Sweltering Summer of 2012.

Welcome to Manhattan in a heat wave.

Add in some cherries and you’ll be giddy enough to add them to your beverages, too.

I mean, what else were you gunna do with those pretty pink cherries?

If you don’t wanna drink ‘em… you can always make a cherry guacamole instead.

But I think you should go for the spritzer.

It’s 90 degrees outside- give yourself a break, will ya?

It’s cheap n’ sweet…and O so very tasty.

Sip up.

Sparkling Cherry Spritzer
Recipe type: Beverage
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Serves: 4
 
Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. lime zest, plus more for garnish
  • 4 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cups fresh cherries, pitted
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 2 cups sparkling water or seltzer
Instructions
  1. Juice cherries using a juicer or a blender into a large glass.
  2. Strain through a sieve, pushing juice through with a spatula. Discard cherry solids.
  3. Pour cherry juice into a large pitcher. Add remaining ingredients; mix well to combine.
  4. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
  5. Serve chilled with additional lime zest, if desired.
Notes
Servings: 4 Serving Size: 1 Cup Calories: 84.2 Cal • Cal Fat: 0.4 g • Protein: 1.1 g • Carb: 21.4 g • Fiber: 2.5 g • Sugar: 18.1 g • Sodium: 0.5 mg

 

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Vita @ Juicer Depot August 17, 2012 at 9:29 am

A perfect healthy drink. This will work great with my Sodastream.

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Amie August 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Thank you. Hope you like this refreshing treat!

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Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry August 17, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I am always on the lookout for tasty beverages my family will enjoy that are made of pure ingredients and this drink looks wonderful. The cherries must make this sparkling drink burst with flavor!

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Amie August 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Thank you so much Laura! Great to hear from you and I hope you enjoy it! Have a great weekend.

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Jen August 18, 2012 at 2:12 am

So refreshing! No types of alcohol? What’s the ingredient that’s not good for you?

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Amie August 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Thanks Jen. Alcohol doesn’t agree with my stomach so I stay away from it!

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Lori @ RecipeGirl August 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm

It’s beautiful! Can I add alcohol? ;) Miss ya Girl!

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Amie August 21, 2012 at 8:47 pm

You crack me up. I am dying right now; lordy do I miss you! Haha…yes of course! I made this recipe without alcohol but I served it last weekend and many friends added alcohol such as vodka and loved the taste. Hope you enjoy it.
Thanks for the giggle! Miss you tons and hope all is well, Lori.
xo

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Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) August 22, 2012 at 8:56 am

What a beautiful drink! I love the addition of basil!! :) I hope that you can come and link up that recipe at our Gluten Free Fridays recipe party! Its only a couple of days away! :) Hope to see you then! :)
Cindy

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Amie August 22, 2012 at 11:57 am

Awe; thank you Cindy; it’s delish and I hope you like it! Your gluten-free Fridays sound so much fun! Thank you so much for the invite.
xox

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Tonya Peele @The Quick Dish September 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm

This recipe is so simple and healthy – and quick to make. A great alternative to soda and other sugary, calorie dense beverages. Question – do you remove the chia seeds or chug them down?

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Amie September 24, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Thanks Tonya; hope you enjoy it. I chug those chia seeds right on down, girl! Hehee…they’re delish. Hope you like it. Have a great day! xo

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micheal kohls October 18, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Good post. I’m going through a few of these issues as well..

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Amie October 18, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Thank you Micheal!

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