This sophisticated and unique version of a Cherry Martini is like no other you’ve experienced. Its incredibly punchy, but velvety, cherry flavor profile is balanced and its crimson, red color is captivating. Edible glitter is optional, but recommended if you’re wanting to make a bold statement.
Cherry Martini Cocktail
The cherry martini, where the art of mixology meets the indulgence of cherries (fresh or frozen). If you are throwing a dinner party this season, this martini with cherry is a stunner.
Angostura bitters and fresh lemon juice work together beautifully with the sweetness of the cherry juice. Both balance this cherry cocktail into the perfect combination of tart and sweet.
Whether you’re a cocktail enthusiast or simply looking for a refreshing drink, this cherry martini has always received high praise from whomever I’ve served it to. Make it and leave no cherry-stone unturned!
What Goes Into a Cherry Cocktail?
The combination of these carefully selected ingredients forms the foundation of this Cherry Martini.
- Gin: The backbone of this cocktail, gin adds a botanical complexity and a crisp, herbal note that pairs beautifully with the cherry flavors.
- Cherry Brandy: This luscious and sweet liqueur infuses the cocktail with the rich and unmistakable taste of cherries, adding depth and indulgence to every sip. There is a link to the cherry brandy I recommend for this martini in the recipe card below.
- Fresh Lemon Juice: The tangy brightness of fresh lemon juice brings a refreshing element to the Cherry Martini, balancing the sweetness and adding a zesty twist.
- Angostura Bitters: A few dashes of Angostura bitters add a layer of complexity and subtle spice to the cocktail, enhancing the overall flavor profile and providing depth.
- Fresh Cherry Juice: From fresh or frozen cherries that are completely thawed. Pure and unadulterated cherry juice serves as the base for this martini, intensifying the natural cherry flavors and creating a vibrant red hue.
- Fresh Cherries: Garnishing the Cherry Martini with fresh cherries (or thawed frozen cherries) adds the perfect touch of authenticity. The colors and juicy sweetness of the fresh cherries complement the flavors of the cocktail, while providing an attractive visual element.
- Red Edible Glitter: For those looking to add a touch of sparkle and glamour to their martini, a sprinkle of red edible glitter on the garnish cherries creates a visually stunning effect. It adds a whimsical and festive touch, making the cocktail truly eye-catching and memorable.
Choosing the Best Gin for Your Cherry Martini
Selecting the right gin is crucial for achieving the perfect balance of this martini. And while what you choose will be your personal preference, here are some considerations to keep in mind when choosing your gin:
- Botanical Profile: Opt for a gin with a balanced and nuanced botanical profile. Look for gins that complement the fruity essence of the cherry brandy and provide a harmonious blend of flavors.
- Juniper Dominance: The classic essence of gin lies in juniper. Determine your preference for the intensity of juniper flavors and choose a gin accordingly. A balanced gin will ensure that the cherry flavors shine through without overpowering the other ingredients.
- Quality and Craftsmanship: Invest in a high-quality gin crafted by reputable distillers. The craftsmanship and attention to detail in premium gins contribute to a smoother and more enjoyable drinking experience. So much this!
The Importance of Cocktail Presentation Cocktail
Presentation plays a vital role in enhancing the overall experience of enjoying a cocktail and is one of the reasons I love this visually stunning cherry martini.
- Visual Appeal: The red color of this cherry martini, adorned with fresh cherries creates the most enticing visual spectacle. There’s an element of excitement even before the first sip with this cocktail.
- Aesthetic Pleasure: The garnishing and the option of using edible glitter take the presentation of this cocktail to the next level. The shimmering red glitter add a touch of glamour, and makes this cherry martini truly Instagram-worthy.
- Heightened Anticipation: A beautifully presented cocktail builds anticipation and elevates the overall drinking experience. The aesthetics set the stage for the flavors that follow, enhancing the enjoyment of each sip.
More Martini Recipes to Shake Up and Enjoy
Whether you’re hosting a large gathering or an intimate soirée, these martini recipes are the ideal choice to spread festive cheer.
- A refreshing and tangy flavored lemon drop martini, that steers clear of the overly sweet path.
- This pumpkin pie martini, a unique twist on a classic Thanksgiving cocktail will redefine your fall beverage game.
- When it comes to frozen cocktails, these berries and cream martinis are the epitome of in-the-moment enjoyment.
- This cranberry-spiced martini cocktail strikes a perfect balance between sweet, spicy, and flavorful.
- This grapefruit cranberry martini will have you in fun mode in no time.
Love At First Sip
While this cherry martini may lead to irresistible dance moves and newfound confidence, don’t forget to snap a photo and tag @NOBLEPIG and #noblepig on INSTAGRAM. I want to witness your pure bliss with a cherry on top!
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How to Make a Cherry Martini
- Place a martini glass in the freezer to chill.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add gin, cherry brandy, lemon juice, bitters and cherry juice to the shaker.1.5 oz. gin, 0.5 oz. cherry brandy, 2 tsps. fresh lemon juice, 4 dashes Angostura bitters, 2.5 oz. cherry juice from fresh or frozen cherries (completely thawed) (pit some cherries and mash them to release the juice)
- Shake vigorously until outside of the shaker feels ice cold.
- Strain into the chilled martini glass and add cherries on a cocktail pick to garnish.fresh cherries for garnish
- If you're using the red edible glitter, skewer the cherries on to a cocktail pick and lay them on a piece of parchment paper. Shake the glitter over and tap off the excess. Add to the cocktail.red edible glitter, optional
- Serve immediately.
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