How do you feel about Valentine’s Day, Spiriteds? Is it a non-starter for you, or is it all about the romance? Mom and I absolutely made it a mother-daughter day, complete with dinner at Long John Silver’s. Because nothing says I love you quite like fast food fish, hush puppies, and dishing on old boyfriends. “Mom, were you ever in love before you got married?” turned into an entire evening of her reminiscing about every boyfriend she’d ever had, sixth grade to present day. “So that would be a yes?” I asked an hour and 45 minutes later. I haven’t told the girls about my ex boyfriends, and K-Hubs and I don’t dine at LJS. However, the two of us do like an excuse to drink and eat snacks. This Cherry Lime Champagne Cocktail totally fits that bill.
But, I could not decide how to make it. Should it be a blended/frozen concoction or fresh and virtually unaltered? I decided to do some research, which led me to Just Putzing Around the Kitchen and Tina’s recipe for Fresh Cherry Champagne Mojitos. Please take a few moments to drool over her photos. OH MY GOD they are beautiful. As I fangirled over her photography I remembered I was still trying to decide how to make the drink I had in mind. And then I got sidetracked AGAIN. This time because I saw she used rum in her champagne beverage.
RUM AND CHAMPAGNE? I was enthralled. Originally, I was planning on some sort of Simple Sorbet au Champagne part 2. But to add rum? Can this even be done? Will we get sick? Will we die? “No,” said K-Hubs. “That’s beer and liquor, you’re thinking of.” Not to mention, Simple Sorbet au Champagne uses a raw egg white, and I didn’t even bat an eye at that. Bless my ever lovin’ heart. The kind of preciousness I possess knows no bounds. And forget K-Hubs’ assurances. It was the quality of Tina’s photos that told me I needed to get with the program, trust her, and add the rum. Anyone whose photography is that good is someone I will trust. So, Spiriteds, clutch your pearls because I added….wait for iiiiiiiiitttttt….a SPLASH of rum to this Cherry Lime Champagne Cocktail, and it was absolutely the right decision.
But while I decided to add rum to my kitchen science experiment, I still hadn’t decided between fresh and frozen. The stress of it was overwhelming. I mean, I know there are people who are calculating the effects of the new tax bill, but I’m over here picking between consistencies, and I can’t even decide.
So I ended up doing both.
For this concoction of amazingness, I didn’t blend the ingredients or add ice, but I did use frozen cherries, and the tantalizing experience of sipping a Cherry Lime Champagne Cocktail while the cherries begin to thaw is a surprisingly delectable one. I also can’t imagine making this without the rum. There is something about the balance of rum and lime that keeps this from being just another champagne drink. It’s a simple but not boring recipe, easy to throw together and gluten-free, too! Enough kick to remind you that you’re still alive but not so much kick you forget where you are. Seems reasonable. I also chose a sweet champagne to top everything off. And, still concerned I might regret the rum (which I didn’t), I kept thinking, “I know! I’ll dilute the drink by adding MORE champagne.” Math was never my subject.
This Cherry Lime Champagne Cocktail recipe is just in time for awards season, too. The Grammys and Oscars come to mind. If you’re hosting a shindig, then it belongs on the menu. It’s also perfect for Valentine’s Day and date night in. But this champagne isn’t just for winter festivities. I fully intend to bring this back out in spring and summer because cherries and limes, like my preciousness, know no season.
It’s also the perfect drink to sip slowly if you’re at least 21, you don’t have a Long John Silver’s nearby, and you want to ask your mom about her life before you were born. If you have not done this already, may I highly suggest you do? It. Is. Worth. It.
Happy sippin’, Spiriteds!
- 1 tablespoon organic agave nectar
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 handfuls frozen cherries
- Splash of rum
- ½ cup champagne (more or less as desired)
- Pour organic agave nectar, lime juice, frozen cherries, and rum in serving glass. Pour champagne on top and garnish with additional cherries or lime wedges.
- This recipe is best enjoyed immediately.