Orange Cherry Vodka Cocktail with Cherry Simple Syrup

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This Orange Cherry Vodka Cocktail has a lovely and sweet taste, if you like like Mai Tai’s then you’ll love this! It has fall ingredients like cherries and cranberry juice, perfect for moving from summer to fall!

top down shot of cherry vodka cocktail in a glass

Happy Hump Day! We’re sharing a delicious cocktail recipe to celebrate the middle of the week and end of summer! With Labor Day this weekend, we wanted to create a cocktail that suits both summer and fall. We call it a transition cocktail! This Orange Cherry Vodka Cocktail has a sweet taste, like a vodka version of a Mai Tai, but with fall ingredients like cherries and cranberry juice! The homemade cherry simple syrup gives it the most beautiful hue and subtle cherry flavor, perfect for end-of-summer celebrations! Enjoy!

How To Make This Orange Cherry Vodka Cocktail with Homemade Cherry Simple Syrup – Step by Step

Orange Cherry Vodka

  • Shake all of the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker for 25 seconds. Strain into a glass and serve with a large ice cube.

Homemade Cherry Simple Syrup

  • Bring the sugar and water to a boil until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add in the cherries and simmer for a few minutes, then let the mixture cool for a few hours. Strain the cherries out, pour into a glass jar and refrigerate.
two cherry vodka cocktails in glasses

Orange Cherry Vodka – An Easy Vodka Cocktail

This is such a simple cocktail to whip up! No chopping or foraging around the supermarket for a long list of ingredients. It’s perfect for parties, to whip up in front of your guests in a flash. Just mix up your vodka with your fruit juices, shake and voila – a delicious cocktail that works for summer or fall! If you don’t have time to make the simple syrup, then you can opt for store bought.

Homemade Simple Syrup For This Cherry Vodka Cocktail

The special sauce in this lovely orange cherry vodka cocktail is the homemade cherry simple syrup! As the name suggests it’s simple! You can whip up a batch in about five minutes, save some for future use. This cherry simple syrup adds a lovely depth to the drink and the additions of real cherries in the syrup creates a subtle and natural flavor to the cocktail!

Best Ways To Chop Cherries

Peak season cherries are full of juice and they can stain, so cover up with a bib apron or a kitchen towel tucked in like a bib. Cherries can be a bit fiddly to cut but these methods can help. Plus it’s worth it for this wonderful cherry vodka cocktail!

Method 1: Place the cherry on a cutting board. Use the side of a chef’s knife to press on the cherry until it gives way.

Pry the fruit apart to reveal the pit and discard it.

This method is quick, but it mashes the cherries and you lose some of the juice on your board.

Method 2: Take a paring knife and rock it around the entire cherry, as you would an avocado or peach.

Twist the fruit into 2 halves to reveal the pit; pop it out and discard it.

This method results in cherry halves with clean edges, which looks pretty as garnish.

Method 3: Using a chopstick, insert the small end into the stem end of the cherry. Give it a wiggle until you make contact with the pit.

You can also use a straw for this method.

Switch to the larger end of the chopstick and insert it into the cherry, wiggling until the pit pops out the opposite end.

side shot of two cherry vodka cocktails

Top Tips For Making This Orange Cherry Vodka Cocktail With Homemade Cherry Simple Syrup

  • When cutting the cherries, work over a bowl to catch all the cherry juices.
  • When making the simple syrup, make sure all the sugar has dissolved, to get a smooth consistency.
  • Serve with one large ice cube, to avoid the ice melting too quickly.
  • Garnish with a cherry!

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Orange Cherry Vodka with Homemade Cherry Simple Syrup

This delicious Orange Cherry Vodka Cocktail has a sweet taste, like a vodka version of a Mai Tai, but with fall ingredients like cherries and cranberry juice!
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Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 142kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

Orange Cherry Vodka

  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 3/4 oz homemade cherry simple syrup, recipe below
  • 1 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 oz splas of cranberry juice
  • Optional squeeze of lemon

Homemade Cherry Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 2 cups red cherries, cut in half

Instructions

Orange Cherry Vodka

  • Shake all of the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker for 25 seconds. Strain into a glass and serve with a large ice cube.

Homemade Cherry Simple Syrup

  • Bring the sugar and water to a boil until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add in the cherries and simmer for a few minutes, then let the mixture cool for a few hours. Strain the cherries out, pour into a glass jar and refrigerate.

Nutrition

Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 57mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 15.5mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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