Cherry Sake And Soda

Cherry Sake And Soda
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Celebrate the good right now. Cherry season is among us! I’m in California, for me that means April through June. Cherries are something I have always loved, but I’m referring to the fresh ones. In fairness to cherries, the neon ones found in your Shirley Temples as a kid don’t count.

Truthfully, cherries are one of the most beloved fruits out there, and for good reason. Cherries are small stone fruits that come in a variety of colors and flavors. There are two major categories — tart and sweet cherries. Their colors can vary from yellow to deep blackish-red.

Juicy cherries are not only delicious, they are also packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and plant compounds believed to have powerful health effects. I make a cherry smoothie and it is by far one of my favorites.

cherry sake and soda

Cherries have impressive health benefits people should know about.

  • One cup (154 grams) of sweet, raw, pitted cherries has about 100 calories, 2 grams of protein, 25 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fiber, 18% of the daily value vitamin C, 10% DV of Potassium, 5% of the DV of copper and 5% DV of Manganese.
  • Cherries are packed with antioxidants. Tart cherry juice and concentrate have been found to accelerate muscle recovery, decrease exercise-induced muscle pain and may enhance exercise performance.
  • Cherries may help promote better sleep due to their high concentration of plant compounds. The melatonin in cherries also helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle.
  • Cherries are packed with potassium and polyphenol antioxidants, which have powerful heart-protective properties.
  • Due to their potent anti-inflammatory effects, cherries may reduce symptoms of arthritis and gout that can affect your joints.

With all those health benefits, I think we all need to find reasons to eat more cherries. With Mother’s Day this weekend, and cherry season in full swing, I felt a cherry-based cocktail was in order. As the title suggests, I pair sake, lemon, ginger liquor, and ginger ale to make this low-sugar, effervescent beauty and it does not disappoint one bit. In fact, if you typically skip over sake, this may be a real game changer. If you can’t locate ginger liquor right now, no problem, try making your own until you can. Wishing a happy, safe and healthy Mother’s Day to all those amazing mamas out there.

Cherry Sake And Soda

May 8, 2020
: 1
: 5 min
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: 10 min
: easy

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Ingredients
  • 6 fresh cherries, pitted
  • 4 ounces dry Sake
  • 1/2 ounce ginger liquor (I like Greenbar Distillery’s Fruitlab Ginger liquor)
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon agave
  • Ginger ale
  • lemon wedge, for garnish
Directions
  • Step 1 Place a good amount of ice in a low-ball class and set aside.
  • Step 2 Using a cocktail shaker, add the cherries. Use a muddler to muddle the cherries partially but not completely.
  • Step 3 Add the sake, ginger liquor, lemon juice, agave and a handful of ice, shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  • Step 4 Double strain into the prepared glass, garnish with lemon wedge and serve. Note: you can (as I have in my photos), add some of the muddled cherries to the final cocktail for a nice visual effect.

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