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When my aunt Paula typed the words “sour cherry martini” over iChat one day, I think my mouth literally dropped. I wanted one right there, that second, which was probably at about 2PM on a Tuesday…but at least it was 5 o’clock on the east coast, right?

It took me awhile to finally get my butt over to Whole Foods and seek out the Tart Cherry juice they have on hand. I’m sure you can find the stuff elsewhere, but if you need a Sour Cherry Martini right now just go to Whole Foods for the Love of God!

All you need for an awesome tastes-like-it’s-from-a-fancy-bar Martini…Tart Cherry Juice, Cherry Vodka, and the squeeze of a lemon.

I waited way too long to make one of these…They are just too easy and too good. And I am too big of a wimp to handle the classic straight-booze martinis, but I am not always into the ones that are super sweet. This one hits right in the middle. Smooth, with a hint of sour-sweetness. Perfect.

A big Thanks to Paula and Susan who provided me with this wonderful recipe. I have many fond memories of summers past with the perfect cocktail in their backyard…and I will think of them as I drink this one in mine.

Sour Cherry Martini

  • 1 shot cherry flavored vodka
  • 1/2 shot tart cherry juice (can be found @ Whole Foods)
  • Squeeze of a quarter lemon

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for about 10 seconds and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon if you wish.