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
 
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Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. lime zest, plus more for garnish
  • 4 fresh mint or 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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21 comments

    1. 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

    1. 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

    1. 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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