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 & Sage Lemonade Cocktail
Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time: 15
Cook Time: 25
Total Time: 45
6 roasted cherries
1/2 lemon, squeezed
1 ounce sage spirits
Simple syrup (optional)
For roasted cherries:
35 pitted cherries
2 tablespoons brown sugar
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.
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.