Black Cherry Spritzer – A sweet and refreshing mixture of homemade cherry syrup paired with a black cherry flavored seltzer water. Serve this up at your next summer gathering and watch it all disappear!
Get ready for this summer’s most sought-after drink – MY Black Cherry Spritzer! …sans wine, but with White Claw SPIKED Sparkling Water.
Hello my dear friends! If I didn’t give it away already, this post is sponsored by our friends at White Claw Hard Seltzer! We love their all new alcohol refreshment: a 100% natural, low carb and gluten free sparkling seltzer water with 5% alcohol and a hint of fresh fruit.
And after writing all of that out, the only thing I want to do this very second is crack open one of these cans and chug-a-lug.
You guys, I have to tell you. This summer we have gone through massive amounts of cherries. For some odd reason, they have never, ever tasted this good. EVER. Anyone know why? Maybe Indiana is moving up in the world and shipping from better places? I dunno. But what I do know is that cherries make a dang good snack, but also a grrrrreat fruit syrup. Honestly.
At first, I thought I would have to go the way of a cherry liqueur or even a cherry juice to get the drink I was hoping for, but with a little bit of persistence, all is possible.
Normally, it’s a lot quicker to get a thick and sweet syrup from berries – about 10 to 15 minutes – but in double the time, you can also get a delicious, thick consistency from cherries, too. Paired with a pure and simple sparkling water that is White Claw Hard Seltzer? A refreshing perfection.
But let’s talk about this new premixed alcoholic beverage called White Claw. It’s basically a step away from high-sugar sodas and a shift towards lighter, all natural boozy drinks. That in itself deserves a YAY!
White Claw is considerably lighter than any cocktail or beer, and at only 110 calories, it leaves us drinkers feeling satisfied and refreshed, but not full and bloated. Huge bonus!
Also, similar to the crispness of a vodka and soda, this spiked sparkling deliciousness will quench your thirst, but it also packs a punch of antioxidants making White Claw a refreshing post-Pilates sipper, unlike our dear friend Vodka. It really is a health-conscious choice along with the added convenience of a pre-mixed 12 oz. can.
White Claw Hard Seltzer is available in three flavors with ZERO aftertaste (⬅ so important!):
- Natural Lime
- Black Cherry
- Ruby Grapefruit
Because the flavors of White Claw are very light, you can pair it with just about anything you might be cooking up this season: burgers, salads – anything goes. OR! You can take it to a fireworks show, just as we did, and pass it around to everyone sitting on the lawn. That was fun. But prior to the show, I made so many of these Black Cherry Spritzers, making our happy hour as summer-chill as possible.
Now head to the store, pick up a 6-pack of White Claw Hard Seltzer + a bag of cherries and start sipping on this glass of Summer.
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TOOLS AND INGREDIENTS USED IN THIS RECIPE
- 2 pounds dark-sweet cherries , pitted and halved
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- crushed ice
- 1.5 ounces cherry syrup
- 6 ounces Black Cherry White Claw Hard Seltzer
- lime wedges
- Combine cherries, sugar, and water in a saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- Continue to cook over medium-high heat for 20 minutes.
- Reduce to a simmer and cover, cooking on low heat for 10 minutes, or until soft.
- Remove from heat and strain over a bowl using a fine mesh strainer to mash the cherry juice from the cherries.
- Let syrup cool at room temperature.
- Seal into an airtight jar and store for up to 2 weeks.
- Add crushed ice to a large glass, about half way up.
- Pour cherry syrup over ice.
- Add cherries and lime wedges.
- Slowly pour in the White Claw Hard Seltzer.
- Garnish with mint.