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Cocktails At Six :: The Ruby Rouser

Last week’s cocktail recipe installation started a bit of a trend for me, I think: creating drinks inspired by my favorite summer adventures and pastimes. This week? In homage to many a day sitting on the deck by the lake lately… I give you The Ruby Rouser.

cherries, lillet, gin and orange bitters // the ruby rouser cocktail by coco+kelley

First off, you have to know that this cocktail was also inspired by one of my favorite summer fruits – cherries! Here in Washington we have some of the best, and my friends east of the mountains sent me this new varietal to taste called the Orondo Ruby (hence the name of the cocktail!) which are absolutely delicious.

cherries, lillet, gin and orange bitters // the ruby rouser cocktail by coco+kelley

So I hunted for some cocktail inspiration when I came across the suggestion of using Lillet – another summer favorite – with the cherries. And thus, the Ruby Rouser (because it refreshes you on a hot summer day!) was born.

cherries, lillet, gin and orange bitters // the ruby rouser cocktail by coco+kelleyIngredients // serves one

  • 5 Orondo Ruby cherries, pitted
  • 3 oz Lillet Blanc
  • 1 oz of 3 Howls Navy Strength Gin
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Splash of seltzer water
  • Orange twist to garnish, if you so desire

cherries, lillet, gin and orange bitters // the ruby rouser cocktail by coco+kelleyTo make // Muddle the cherries in a cocktail shaker, then add the Lillet, gin and bitters. Fill with ice, and shake! Pour the mixture into a lowball glass, including some ice. Top with seltzer water. If you like a bit more orange, add more bitters, and then a twist of orange peel garnish! You can experiment with different types of Lillet too (Rosé or Rouge) for different flavors. I think they’ll all taste delicious with this mix of ingredients.

cherries, lillet, gin and orange bitters // the ruby rouser cocktail by coco+kelley

Sip responsibly! This one’s a strong one!

The Ruby Rouser: Cherry Lillet G&T
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Serves: 1
 
The classic G&T is given a boost with seasonal cherries and lillet to create this light, refreshing summer cocktail
Ingredients
  • 5 Orondo Ruby cherries, pitted
  • 3 oz Lillet Blanc
  • 1 oz of 3 Howls Navy Strength Gin
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Splash of seltzer water
  • Orange twist to garnish, if you so desire
  • cherries, lillet, gin and orange bitters // the ruby rouser cocktail by coco+kelley
Instructions
  1. Muddle the cherries in a cocktail shaker, then add the Lillet, gin and bitters. Fill with ice, and shake! Pour the mixture into a lowball glass, including some ice. Top with seltzer water. If you like a bit more orange, add more bitters, and then a twist of orange peel garnish! You can experiment with different types of Lillet too (Rosé or Rouge) for different flavors. I think they'll all taste delicious with this mix of ingredients.