Sour-Cherry Gin Slings

Do you love a great gin-based cocktail?

Hello, and welcome!

It’s time for Sippin Pretty Friyay!

And todayI have the perfect summer cocktail for you a Sour-Cherry Gin Sling!!

Sour Cherry Gin Slings may be the perfect summer cocktail and especially now that its cherry season here in Michigan (the state produces a lot of cherries so they are abundant!).

I am always looking for something just a little lighter this time of year and a bonus if I can use our farmer’s market cherries.

This drink is a lovely combination of tart and sweet with just the right amount of refreshing bubbles.

Let’s get started!

Cherry Gin Sling


1 pound of stemmed cherries

3/4 sugar

1 cup of water

Zest from 1/2 Lime

Zest from 1/2 orange

2 cups of gin

2/3 cup of Cointreau

2/3 cup lime juice

2 1/4 cup cherry syrup

Angostura bitters to taste.


La Croix or your favorite sparkling water.

Cherry Lime Garnish

Sour Cherry Syrup

Clean and pit your cherries.

Zest lime and oranges.

In a large saucepan, combine the cherries with sugar, water and citrus zests and bring to a boil.

Cover and simmer over low heat for 40 minutes.

This is the perfect time to turn up some summertime tunes. 🙂

After mixture calls

Use a fine strainer, gently press the solids.

This yields about 2.5 cups of syrup.

Store in the fridge for up to 10 days if you want to make ahead!

Perfect cocktail for porch sitting

In a pitcher combine the gin with the Cointreau, lime juice, sour-cherry syrup and bitters to taste and stir well.

Pour into ice-filled glasses and add your La Croix or sparkling water.


This recipe was made for a day on the lake and made 12 refreshing cocktails.

Sour-Cherry Fling Cocktails are perfect for Cherry season

I am a total pushover for a pretty cocktail in a pretty glass. The glasses above are from Anthro.

Here are a few of my other pretty favorites (contain affiliate links).

I hope you are enjoying your summer! It’s #PureMichigan over here.

If you’d like to listen to my Sour-Cherry Gin Fling playlist find here.

Michigan Home Magazine

Until next time,


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  1. Dee says:

    I love cherries, and that’s the one thing remember about how amazing Michigan is with their delicious cherries and this sounds like a fabulous drink! Yum!

    • Libbie Burling says:

      I love cherry season here!! I think cherry salsa is my favorite, but a pretty cocktail is a close second!

  2. Anita says:

    As a Gin drinker, you had me at the word Gin. The cherry is an interesting combination which I will be sure to try.

  3. Love friuty drinks in hot weather! This one looks just about perfect.

  4. Susan says:

    That sounds delicious and I love gin!

  5. April Harris says:

    What a pretty and delicious cocktail, Libbie!i love the idea of enjoying this on a long summer’s day. Thank you for sharing and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party Community. I’m featuring this post at the party which goes live on Sunday this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there! Take care and I hope you have a great weekend!

  6. Seems like I hear so much about gin drinks lately and not sure I’ve ever tried it. Maybe I will.

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