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8 Irresistible Cherry Cocktails (and Mocktails) for Summer

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This post is sponsored by Cheribundi 100% natural cherry juice.

We haven't given cherries enough love yet here at Key Ingredient, and with summer upon us, it's high time we rectified that! Cherries are not only delicious, but they are also packed with vitamins and nutrients that help with immune health, muscle recovery, and more!

When we're not eating them fresh or baked into a pie, our favorite way to enjoy cherries is in 100% cherry juice! Not only is it delicious on its own, but it also makes an incredibly flavorful mixer for really unique cocktails (and mocktails)! Check out the ideas below to see what we mean!

Cherry Thyme Cocktail

cherry thyme cocktailThis first cocktail from Madeline Hall incorporates lime, thyme, vodka, and of course cherry juice for a drink that's tart, refreshing, and a little herbaceous! With a garnish of fresh cherries and thyme sprigs, it looks as sophisticated as it's going to taste. Get the recipe over on her Instagram post!

For more about Madeline Hall, check out our Influencer Feature article featuring her!

Cherry Citrus Spritzer

irresistible cherry cocktails (and mocktails) for summerHow gorgeous does this bright red cocktail from Cosette's Kitchen look? She mixed cherry juice with dry champagne and a scoop of lemon lime sorbet for a cocktail that's bubbly and tart. This one's not only perfect for summer, but would make an amazing cocktail for the winter holidays too!


Cherry Nostalgia (AKA Spiked Cherry Limeade)

spiked cherry limeadeThis tall glass of deliciousness from Bar Faith was inspired by all the cherry limeades she had as a kid, except this one isn't packed with added sugars and artificial flavors! This drink is not only refreshing and nostalgic, but also satisfies those with sophisticated palates; gin adds a hint of floral, while fresh black pepper and cherry vanilla bitters further complexify the flavor.

Cherry Vodka Lemonade

irresistible cherry cocktails (and mocktails) for summerThis simple cocktail from Easy Cooking With Molly also marries the flavors of cherry and citrus for the perfect summer afternoon cocktail. It's also easy to make in large batches for a crowd at your next cookout or picnic. Fourth of July cocktail, perhaps?

Cherry Lime Mojitos

irresistible cherry cocktails (and mocktails) for summerThe classic mojito gets a vibrant cherry twist in this cocktail from Hello Rigby. A little bit bubbly, and with plenty of citrus and mint, these are great for when you need something refreshing in the summer heat! This recipe makes 2, but you could easily make more to share with friends.

Spiked Cherry Mint Lemonade

irresistible cherry cocktails (and mocktails) for summerSpeaking of mint, Louella Reese created this spiked cherry mint lemonade recipe! With no added sugar, this is a tart little cocktail, but all the more refreshing for it! Pairs perfectly with floppy sun hats and breathable cotton.

Skinny Cherry Margarita

irresistible cherry cocktails (and mocktails) for summerCan't get enough of the cherry lime combo? We can't either! This simple cocktail from @withshayda features cherry juice, lime juice, and tequila, for an incredibly simple and stripped down margarita-inspired drink. Perfect at the poolside or on the patio!

And the award for best mixer goes to...

cheribundiOur friends at Cheribundi make our favorite cherry juice on the market, because it's 100% natural, and just a little bit tart! It's amazing on its own, but also the perfect mixer for cherry cocktails and mocktails like those above! You can even freeze into ice cubes and drop into your drink creations for extra cherry flavor! Photo by the talented @jennyphall.

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