Roasted Cherry & Sage Lemonade Cocktail


Roasted Cherry and Sage Lemonade Cocktail by Nutmeg Nanny

I’m such a sucker for fresh fruit and herbs in my cocktails. I cannot get enough! I also cannot get enough of roasting my fruit. So far this summer I have roasted strawberries, pineapple and now cherries. I would say I need an intervention but it’s fruit and it’s good for me.  I guess we can leave out the fact that 2 out of 3 uses for this roasted fruit has been in cocktails…

To come up with delicious cocktail I teamed up with Art in the Age and used their Sage spirits.  The spirit is herbaceous and has the most intoxicating smell. Who knew sage could be so amazing? I mean I love it with chicken but it’s killer in a cocktail! While I loved it with the roasted cherries and lemon it’s also delicious with tonic water.

Roasted Cherry and Sage Lemonade Cocktail by Nutmeg Nanny


Roasted Cherry & Sage Lemonade Cocktail

Yield: 1 drink

Prep Time: 15

Cook Time: 25

Total Time: 45


For cocktail:
6 roasted cherries
1/2 lemon, squeezed
1 ounce sage spirits
Seltzer water
Simple syrup (optional)

For roasted cherries:
35 pitted cherries
2 tablespoons brown sugar


For cocktail:
In a tall cocktail glass add roasted cherries and lemon juice. Muddle together.

Add ice, sage spirits and top with seltzer water. Give a gentle stir and serve with lemon wedge.

I found the drink did not need any sugar because the cherries were very sweet. However, if your cherries are not as sweet simply add a couple teaspoons of simple syrup.

For cherries:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Add cherries to a parchment lined 9x9 glass dish. Sprinkle with brown sugar and toss.

Roast 25 minutes until soft and syrupy.

Disclosure: I was provided a free bottle of Art in the Age sage spirits. However, all opinions are 100% my own.


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15 Responses to “Roasted Cherry & Sage Lemonade Cocktail”

  1. #
    Diane {Created by Diane} — June 21, 2013 at 1:53 am

    WOW, this made me thirsty. Looks delicious!

  2. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — June 21, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Such a beautiful drink! I bet it’s tasty too :)

  3. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — June 21, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Ok, seriously…you need to open up a bar. One of those fru-fru $15+ drinks kind. I’ll be your best customer.

  4. #
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — June 21, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    This is one gorgeous cocktail!

  5. #
    Julia — June 21, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    These flavors!!!!!
    I’d be in competition with Gina as your best customer :)

  6. #
    Carole — June 21, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Lovely work! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday which is collecting snacks and treats? I do hope to see you there. There are already quite a lot of links for you to check out. Cheers

  7. #
    Happy Valley Chow — June 21, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    I had no clue there was a sage spirit, now I need to go out and find it! I love using sage in cocktails, especially paired with fruit. Sounds spectacular!

  8. #
    Joanne — June 22, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I got to taste those Sage spirits at Eat.Write.Retreat and became an instant addict! I’m sure they’re amazing in this!

  9. #
    Robin — July 3, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I made this last night for a group of friends – loved it. I write for Mother Nature Network and did a post today about the drink – readers will have to click over to your blog to get instructions for how to make it.

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    marla — August 7, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Stunning cherry cocktail ~ linking back to this today :)

  11. #
    Ballookey — August 31, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Sounds wonderful! Soooo…I assume the brown sugar gets sprinkled over the cherries before roasting?

    • nutmegnanny replied: — September 1st, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

      Yes! Thank you so much for catching that. I’m editing the post to make sure the directions are more clear :)


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