Sunday, August 16, 2009

Super Bon!: Flathead Cherries

Sure, I love me some sweet blushed-yellow Rainier cherries as much as the next guy, but my heart belongs to Montana's Flathead Lake summer cherries. Now a family tradition, nothing can top a freshly picked sun-warmed sweet dark ruby Flathead cherry. My mother brought back a case from Campbell Orchards in Finley Point, Montana last week, and I've been in full-blown cherry-mode every day since. This quintessential summer cocktail is one of my favorite applications thus far...

Flathead Cherry Key Limeade
2 oz. 42 Below Vodka
3 Flathead cherries, pitted
2 key limes, halved
2 fresh basil leaves
Odwalla Limeade
club soda
Lightly muddle cherries, key limes and basil leaves in a highball glass. Add ice and pour vodka over. Add a splash of limeade and stir. Top with soda.

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