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Cherry Martini
A Cherry Martini is packed with antioxidants and has anti-hangover properties. Party on!
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December 2010

Product Reviews / Main Nibbles / Cocktails & Spirits

Cherry Martini

A High-Antioxidant Cocktail WIth “Anti-Hangover” Properties

 

Overview

There are cocktails that are not good for you—ones that include heavy cream, simple syrup and other syrups, carbonated soft drinks, and even butter.

Now, we’re promised a good-for-you solution: a cocktail not only packed with antioxidants, but hangover-resistant.

According to nutritionist Dr. Christine Greene, consultant to Cheribundi tart cherry juice, the juice “contains a special class of antioxidants called anthocyanins, which happen to function in the body as an anti-inflammatory, similar to ibuprofen.”

Thus, a cocktail made with cherry juice is “less likely to cause headaches associated with hangovers.”

Here’s a cherry martini recipe from Cheribundi. The company reminds us that before all of the current extolled exotic superfruits emerged (açaí, mangosteen, noni berry, yumberry, etc.), the cherry has been the American “superfruit.”

The wild cherry has been consumed throughout Europe since prehistoric times. The first record of a cultivated cherry tree id in 72 B.C.E., when Lucius Licinius Lucullus, a Roman senator, brought one to Rome from Anatolia (part of the current nation of Turkey). Find more cherry facts.

 

The Cherry Martini or Cherrytini

Makes one drink.

Ingredients: Gin Cherry Martini

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce orange liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Gran Gala, Triple Sec)
  • 3 ounces tart cherry juice
  • Ice

Ingredients: Vodka Cherry Martini

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce orange liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Gran Gala, Triple Sec)
  • 3 ounces tart cherry juice
  • Ice

Ingredients: Vodka Cherry Martini

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce framboise or raspberry
    liqueur
  • 3 ounces tart cherry juice
  • Ice
 
Look for tart cherry juice in fine supermarkets or natural foods stores. You can purchase it in individual and family size bottles.

Preparation

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake and strain into a martini glass.
  3. Garnish with a lime wheel for a red-and-green Christmas theme. During cherry season, garnish with a fresh stemmed cherry.

 

Recipe © copyright Cheribundi. All rights reserved. Other material

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