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Friday, July 1, 2011

The Surly Temple

When I was a but a wee girl, I loved, loved, loved having Shirley Temples whenever our parents took us out to dinner. The sweet fizzies were delightful on their own, but then there was a bright maraschino cherry waiting at the bottom of every glass.

Such good memories.

It was a bit of kismet when I happened upon Rachel's Ch-Cherry Bomb at the San Fernando Valley Food Swap. She makes her own maraschino cherries, which are infinitely more delicious and far less formaldehyde-y than those nuclear red things you get in a jar. (Note: they're not really made with formaldehyde.)

And on the back of the jar, Rachel even provides the recipe for a grown up version of my childhood favorite: the Surly Temple.

Add a dash of your favorite spirit (bacon scotch works amazingly well), and you have a true adult drink.

A very tasty, refreshing, cherry-laden drink perfect for a summer holiday weekend.

Rachel's cinnamon ginger maraschino cherries are integral to this drink. You could risk using the nuclear red ones, or you could come to a food swap and get your own! Become a fan of both the San Fernando Valley Food Swap and Santa Monica Food Swap to find out when the next opportunity to nab some cherries (and even some salsa).

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Surly Temple
A twist on a childhood favorite.
  • 4 oz ginger ale
  • 2 oz POM pomegranate juice
  • juice of one lime
  • dash of Ch-Cherry Bomb Syrup
  • lots of Ch-Cherry Bomb cherries
Mix together over ice and enjoy. Garnish with a wedge of lime.
Yield: 1 serving

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