5 Ways to use Spiked Cherries. Just before Christmas, I let you know that Spiked Cherries make a great stocking stuffer. Now that you have a jar or two, what’s the best way to use them?
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Howie’s Spiked Cherries have a permanent spot on our bar cart (fridge, actually, because we usually have two jars open, one each of Original and Balls of Fire). Often, we’re just popping one in our mouths on a pass from the kitchen to the TV, post-kid-bedtime.
They’re delicious on their own, but Spiked Cherries also make a great addition to desserts and cocktails. Pro tip: Save the juice! It is boozy, too, and is a great add for cocktails, like the ones below.
Best ways to use Spiked Cherries
Spiked Cherries in Cocktails
After getting my hands on The Plenum, the cherry-apple vermouth from Ploughman Cider, I was feeling inspired to make a Negroni-style cocktail. I love Negronis for the bitter-sweet flavor profile, and because they are so simple to make. It’s simply 1 part gin, 1 part Campari, 1 part sweet vermouth.
Tasting The Plenum, it’s actually a bit bitter, deliciously so, so that I felt it made a better substitute for the Campari component. I’m not sure why but I grabbed the Midstate Distillery coffee liqueur next, and tasted the two together — wow. Okay, I was definitely on to something.
After some playing, I veered slightly off-course but ended with this delicious cocktail.
Spiked Coffee Tegroni
- 1 oz Ploughman Cider The Plenum Cherry Vermouth
- 1 oz Midstate Distillery Coffee Liqueur
- 1 oz Tattered Flag Reposado Agave Spirit
- 1 tsp Spiked Cherry juice, or more or less to taste
Combine in a glass over ice. Enjoy.
If you want to dial this back a bit (it’s potent), simply top with club soda.
Triple Cherry Spritzer
- 1.5 oz HOLLA Spirits Cherry It! cherry vodka
- 1 oz Spiked Cherries juice
- Seltzer of choice
- 1-2 Spiked Cherries – Original, for garnish
Combine vodka and cherry juice in a Collins glass filled with ice. Then, top with seltzer, and garnish with Spiked Cherries.
- 1 oz Spiked Cherries Balls of Fire juice
- 1 oz Bourbon
- 2 oz apple cider
- 1 oz ginger ale
- 3 Spiked Cherries – Balls of Fire – for garnish
Combine cherry juice, whiskey, apple cider in a glass filled with ice. Then, top with ginger ale. Stir gently, and finally, add the cherries for garnish.
Dessert with Spiked Cherries
Simply garnish your ice cream sundae or banana split with Spiked Cherries Original for a little extra treat for the adults at the table.
Here, for example, we made a simple sundae with vanilla bean ice cream, HERSHEY’S Syrup, and ample cherries.
Andy’s Drive-By Chocolate-Covered Cherry
My husband honestly loves nothing more than cracking a jar of Spiked Cherries and popping one in his mouth. Then, the refrigerator door still ajar, squeezing some HERSHEY’S Syrup directly on top. Yes, directly into his mouth. Sometimes, he tells me, he’ll change it up by doing the chocolate syrup first, then adding the cherry. Either way, he’s enjoying an instant chocolate-covered cherry!
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