Every month when our Garden & Gun magazine comes in the mail, my husband is ready to move to the South. Although the Southern charm does have it’s draw – I’d rather just make a few dishes from the magazine and stay put for now. This month there were a bunch of good recipes. To go along with our Crab Hush Puppies and Greens with Bacon Jam, (recipes to follow soon) – Jason decided to make a Southern drink.
We are big fans of the Avett Brothers and when he found “The Avetts Brothers Made Me Do It” cocktail – we thought it would go with our menu perfectly. I am not a fan of maraschino cherries. That’s not true. I like them – but I can’t get the RED#40 out of my head when I eat them. I looked high an low in the town of Sioux Falls and could not find any cherries free of dye. So we had to use the little jar I found WAY in the back of my refrigerator. Pretty sure they’ve been there for several years after an evening of Manhattans. Please note – they don’t expire for another year and a half. Sick.
- 1 ½ oz. Cardinal Gin (we used Leopold's)
- ½ oz. Cheerwine
- 2 ½ oz. tonic water
- preserved cherry for garnish
- Fill a highball glass with ice, pour in ingredients, and stir.
It was fun to try – but we decided we’d rather have the gin straight up, the cheerwine straight up and skip the cherries and tonic water all together.