Who Wants a Cherry Bomb?!

In between farmstands full of fresh cherries we found a little hidden treasure from Coldwater Canyon Provisions that makes a wonderful cocktail!

Coldwater Canyon Provisions is an award winning company based in Los Angeles.  We discovered them at the Studio City Farmer’s Market a few months ago and were delighted to bump into them again at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market recently.

Their pickles and chutneys are divine, but we found a little Spring-time treasure in these Tarragon Cherries made with last year’s cherry harvest. They recently won a Good Food Award, so we were super excited to get our hands on a jar!

Cherry Bomb

We didn’t skip a beat and called on Mixologist extraordinaire Richard Swan, @formulaswan, to dream up the perfect cocktail for these luscious cherries. His response?  … “Tarragon rules, and the cherry syrup is a perfect sweetening agent for a drink!”

Rick recommended using a Gin Sour recipe as our guide and told us to gather gin, fresh lemon juice and fresh tarragon, and just to be crazy a bit of coconut cream.

We shook it up and poured it over ice.  The result was a pretty red cocktail with the most velvety texture that played up the tarragon perfectly.

Rick topped it off with a cherry and some fresh tarragon and called it the Cherry Bomb.

cherry bomb

Cherry Bomb Cocktail

2 oz gin
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz tarragon cherry syrup
1 tsp. coconut cream
fresh tarragon and 1 preserved cherry for garnish

Combine gin, lemon juice, coconut cream and cherry syrup and shake vigorously with ice.
Strain into a glass and top with a preserved cherry and fresh tarragon.

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