In Recipe - North Shore Vodka

GCM BBQ 2014We recently poured cocktails at one of the most popular events of the season, the Green City Market Chef’s BBQ. It’s an annual fundraising event that supports the market, and we participate every year. We love to be working alongside so many of our restaurant partners, and it is great to see so many of our fans stopping by to say hi. If you missed it this year, keep an eye out next July for tickets, they sell out fast!

We quickly poured out of our Sour Cherry Fizz. It was the hit of the night (as was our dancing, but that is the subject for another post…) Here’s the recipe so you can recreate it at home for your own “chef’s bbq.”

Sour Cherry Fizz

1½ oz North Shore Vodka
1 oz Homemade Sour Cherry Syrup – see recipe below
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
Club Soda
Shake vodka, sour cherry syrup, and lime juice with ice. Strain over fresh ice and top with club soda. Garnish with a sour cherry or lime wedge, or a sprig of mint if you’re feeling fancy (or, if you have an abundance of fresh mint, like we do).

Cherry PittingHomemade Sour Cherry Syrup

This is a great way to use some of the abundance of the season – we got our cherries from Mick Klug Farms, one of the vendors at the Green City Market.

1 Cup White Sugar
1 Cup Water
1 Cup Pitted Sour Cherries

Combine in a saucepan, stir well. Bring to a simmer, and simmer for 15 minutes. Mash the cherries with a potato masher.  Cool completely, then strain out the solids – you should keep ’em, they’re delicious on yogurt!  Store syrup in the refrigerator, should keep for 1 month.

Bonus Round: Fizzy Water Taste-Off

Soda Tasting - July 2014We had some time after we were setup to compare/contrast several types of fizzy water – two brands of club soda, sparkling water, and seltzer. The Schweppes soda was the clear favorite, and won out over Canada Dry and Fever Tree sodas in a subsequent taste-off. So, we’re a Schweppes house for soda now!