Would you call it the art of entertaining? I certainly would. A great host and a guaranteed good time is always right in my books.
A successful event doesn’t have to be cumbersome to put together. Really it doesn’t. Covering the basics is all you need to relax and have a good time.
During our latest hosting in the back yard, in lieu of having a formal get together, we opted for a more casual situation. My set up in the back porch allowed for ease in replenishing drinks while mingling about.
No formal bar required. Don’t have the latest libation making gadget? No worries here. A shaker and a strainer is all you need to mix it up.
The ingredients and prep can be prepared ahead of time so that frees you up to move about the crowd. This also is great if your attention is caught up elsewhere (aka: That one guest who feels they should capitalize on all the possible free time). It happens pretty much every party so budgeting for extra time is a life saver.
The syrup for this cocktail can be made ahead of time and all the required ingredients set out in order to make, make, make & shake, shake shake the day away.
If you don’t have pin cherries around as they are not readily available in stores , you can substitute with regular fresh or frozen cherries if you would like. The flavour would not be quite the same, but delicious none the less. I happen to come across pin cherries while camping as there were a few trees with them around us. It is hard to pass up fresh ripe berries! No regrets on the road trip home as the container was filled to the brim.
So set up that make shift bar, get your supplies out and prepare to have a fun filled event.
Pin Cherry Gin Fizz
A Pin Cherry Gin Fizz and a casual setting makes for a great event.
- 2 cups, sugar
- 2 cups, water
- 1 cup, cleaned pin cherries with stems removed
- orange bitters
- 1 lime
- club soda
- In a medium sauce pan, combine the sugar, water & pin cherries. Cook over medium high heat until it comes to a boil. Reduce heat & let simmer for approximately 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat & place lid on to let steep for another 10 minutes. Remove the lid and strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer. Discard the pin cherry pulp and pits. Let the syrup cool to room temperature. If preparing ahead of time store syrup in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 -3 days
- Place a generous amount of ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour 2 ounces of pin cherry syrup, 2 ounces of gin, 1/4 squeezed lime and shake well.
- In a tall glass filled with ice, add a dash of orange bitters. Strain the contents of the shaker into the glass & top with club soda.
Pin Cherry Syrup.
Pin Cherry Gin Fizz (Individual Serving)
*You must be legal drinking age in order to enjoy this cocktail.