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cherry lime gin and tonic

This icy, refreshing, bubbly drink is going to be my cocktail of the summer.

pitted bing cherries

I’m in a major gin and tonic mood.

Last week we ordered out from Morcilla and I got the gin and tonic kit. It comes with a squeeze bottle of their tonic syrup which I’m basically hoarding at this point. You squeeze the syrup into the gin over ice, then top it off with seltzer and a few aromatics. 


cherry lime gin and tonic

I was convinced that I had to make tonic syrup. Yes. But I’m clueless, so I thought that tonic syrup was just, like, tonic water and sugar boiled into simple syrup. And that I would get the delicious syrup like we had from Morcilla. 

Welp. That is not correct. 

Tonic syrup is actually making tonic water, but better, because syrup. Once I looked at the ingredient list it just seemed too over the top for us right now in this mostly-still-quarantined situation. Plus, it also looks slightly tricky and like if you do it wrong, it could make you sick. YIKES.

So that was a bummer.

pouring tonic water into cherry gin and tonic

But I still had gin and tonics on the brain.

Specially, my fresh peach gin and tonic. This week is gorgeous! We’ve had really hot and sunny weather – it has been beautiful, and I thought it would be amazing to sip one on the patio. Peaches aren’t in season here yet, and while I could use frozen, I decided to grab the next best thing: fresh cherries.

Ooooooh yes. I wait all year for cherries! Love them. 

close up cherry lime gin and tonic

This “recipe” is easy. It’s refreshing. Tastes like heaven. 

I like to use a drop of cherry juice – you can use whatever kind of cherry juice you like. Use the syrup from a jar of luxardo cherries, the juice from a jar of maraschinos, or bottled black cherry juice. Any of it works, you just want a little extra cherrie flavor.

pouring tonic into cherry lime gin and tonic

And let’s be real, half the fun of this drink is eating the cherries once it’s gone. YEP.

cherry lime gin and tonic

Cherry Lime Gin and Tonic

Cherry Lime Gin and Tonic

This cherry gin and tonic is loaded with fresh bing cherries, lots of fresh lime, a touch of cherry juice and your favorite tonic water!
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  • 4 or 5 bing cherries, pitted and sliced
  • 1 to 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce cherry juice from a jar of cherries
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 4 ounces tonic water (Fever Tree is my fave!)
  • crushed ice
  • lime wedges for the glass


  • Fill a glass with the cherries, lime wedges and crushed ice. Pour the lime juice and cherry juice over the ice. Pour the gin over the ice, then add the tonic. Stir a few times to combine. Serve immediately!

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cherry lime gin and tonic

Ahhhh. Best ever.