I set out to do this recipe as a fun non-alcoholic beverage. But in the end, I needed the booze—it’s been a long weekend.
Yup, it never hurts to have a drink that works two ways…
It started Saturday morning when (we think) my mother began having a reaction to a new drug and became severely agitated. I got multiple calls from the independent retirement community where she lives, and we ended up first at the emergency room, then finally she was admitted. After a full day of tests and long-distance phone calls I got home around 9 PM. And I was exhausted.
I was tempted to fall into bed, but my husband and I decided to push through and catch the last bit of the wedding we had planned on attending. It was a smart move. Wine, cake, friends and abundant joy/love helped to sooth away the earlier stress of the day. Gotta love friends and a good party!
Today, however, should be much lighter. With the kids headed off to State Fair, it will just be me, my husband and this Cherry Lime Ginger Ale (in Cherry Moscow Mule form) on the patio!
Now this is a drink that is born partly of necessity but even more from my love for tart cherry juice. You see, according to Men’s Journal, “researchers also found that tart cherries have the ‘highest anti-inflammatory content of any food,’ more than other antioxidant-rich foods like blueberries and pomegranates.” Skip the alcohol and it’s positively health food! Yes, I do love my tart cherry juice.
Some days more than others…
- 3-6 oz ginger ale/beer (see note)
- 0-2 oz vodka
- Juice from 1 lime
- 2 Tablespoons tart cherry concentrate (1 oz)
- Mix all ingredients and serve over ice.
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