I’m on a roll this week. Apparently spring and Easter has me thinking of Steel Magnolias. Why, yes, that IS an affiliate link… I haven’t watched it in a while. I should get on that. In the meantime, we needed a fun drink to go with Drum’s Pork and Beans. Annelle’s Cherry Coke will fit the bill perfectly.
When Annelle first meets our little group, she’s mousy and scared. When Sam, the wedding bartender, offers to make her a drink, “cherry coke” is what she orders. Now, Sam probably would’ve put her libation together with grenadine. But grenadine is made from pomegranates, not cherries, and not everyone has it laying around the house. Although, you really should if you’ve got a nice bar set-up… but that’s neither here nor there.
I made my cherry coke with 6oz of cola (you can use diet, if you must) and 2oz of juice out of a jar of maraschino cherries. Which I know is almond flavored. But it’s delicious. Now, if you can find maraschino liqueur you can use that to make a grown-up version. I’ve had trouble finding it myself. If you find some, send me a bottle… Whichever version you make, garnish it with a couple of the maraschino cherries from the jar and enjoy!