Love Potion #9: Sparkling Cherry Spritzer – Valentine’s Day Mocktail or Cocktail

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Ready to put on your bartender apron and create a drink especially for Valentine’s Day? This Love Potion No. 9 Sparkling Cherry Spritzer is just right for the day of love! It’s a classic fruity cocktail made with fresh lime, maple syrup for sweetness, 100% fruit juice, and sparkling water. Finish it off with heart-shaped ice cubes for a drink to make you fall in love!

Sparkling Cherry Spritzer

Valentine’s Day is coming up and I love creating a sweet drink to serve alongside a special dinner! I always create both a cocktail and mocktail version so everyone can have something special and sparkling in their glass. My kids love feeling like they get a special drink just like the grown-ups! This Love Potion No. 9 Sparkling Cherry Spritzer is filled with fresh berry flavor, sparkling water, fresh lime, and a splash of maple syrup for sweetness. You won’t have to “hold your nose or close your eyes” to take a drink, promise! See what I did there!? 😉 Cheers!

Valentine's Day Spritzer

Sparkling Cherry Spritzer

Pretty much any of your favorite sparkling waters will work well in this recipe! I love Topo Chico sparkling mineral water and think the bottle it comes in is so cute. You could also use La Croix, Perrier, Pellegrino, Schweppes, Bubly…there are so many options available in every grocery store!

Cherry Cocktail

100% Juice in Cocktails

I love cherry juice in this mocktail because it’s a classic Valentine’s Day flavor…and I think the bright red color is so romantic and festive! Check your labels to make sure the juice you buy is 100% fruit juice. So often there are sugars and preservative snuck in! You could also juice your own cherries, pomegranates, or cranberries (or a mix!) to use in this sweet Sparkling Cherry Spritzer.

Berry Spritzer Cocktail

Heart-Shaped Ice Cubes

What’s better than a heart-shaped ice cube in your Valentine’s Day cocktail?! I think it adds the perfect seasonal touch. My kids especially love it when I make them mocktails and have fancy red ice cubes! It’s really simple to make them, too. A couple hours before you plan on serving a Sparkling Cherry Spritzer (I usually just do it the night before), fill silicone heart molds with pure cherry (or pomegranate or cranberry!) juice. Pop them out while you’re making drinks and drop them in! So cute!

Sugar-Free Cocktail

How to Make Sparkling Cherry Spritzers

Assembling these sparkling drinks is super easy and the result is so festive and sweet! Everyone gets so excited for that first sip and it doesn’t disappoint.

  1. Start by preparing your cocktail glasses with a sugar rim. Rub the edge of the glass with just enough lime juice to wet the rim, then dip them in pure maple sugar. This extra step makes each sip feel so special! Set them aside or pop them in the freezer to chill.
  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes, shake the cherry juice, maple syrup, fresh lime, and vodka (if you’re making a cocktail–leave it out for a mocktail!).
  3. Fill the cocktail glasses with ice cubes and pour the cherry cocktail in until it’s about half full, leaving room at the top for sparkling water and heart-shaped ice cubes!
  4. Arrange fresh raspberries on a cocktail pick and place them in the drink or balancing on the top of the glass. Clink glasses with your sweetheart and enjoy!
Easy Cherry Spritzer Cocktail

More Fruity Drinks

Cranberry Pomegranate Spritzer
Strawberry Mint Lime Spritzer
Watermelon Mint Lime Slushies

Easy Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade

Grapefruit Vodka Tonics
Watermelon Mint Lime Agua Fresca
Frozen Mint Lemonade

All my Valentine’s Day recipes can be found here.


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Sparkling Cherry Spritzer

Love Potion #9: Sparkling Cherry Spritzer – Valentine’s Day Mocktail or Cocktail


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 34 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Ready to put on your bartender apron and create a drink especially for Valentine’s Day? This Love Potion No. 9 Sparkling Cherry Spritzer is just right for the day of love! It’s a classic fruity cocktail made with fresh lime, maple syrup for sweetness, 100% fruit juice, and sparkling water. Finish it off with heart-shaped ice cubes for a drink to make you fall in love!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 5 ounces 100% cherry juice (or pomegranate juice or cranberry juice)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 large lime, juiced
  • OPTIONAL: 2 shots (jiggers) vodka [one shot or one jigger equals 1.5 fluid ounces]
  • Sparkling mineral water to top off each drink (I love Topo Chico)

Garnishes

  • 2 tablespoons maple sugar for sugar rim
  • fresh raspberries
  • Heart Shaped Ice Cubes: 100% pomegranate juice for silicone heart molds (or cherry juice or cranberry juice) 

Instructions

  1. MAKE IN ADVANCE: Place a silicone heart mold on a small baking sheet.  Fill the molds with pomegranate juice (or cherry juice or cranberry juice) and place the baking sheet in your freezer for eight hours until juice is frozen solid.  I typically do this the night before.
  2. JUST BEFORE SERVING: Prepare 3-4 cocktail glasses with a sugar rim.  Place maple sugar on a small plate.  Rub the rim of the glasses with a lime wedge (just enough to wet the rim) and then dip the rim of each glass in the maple sugar.  You can use any granulated sugar here but to keep it refined sugar-free I recommend using maple sugar.  Set glasses aside or place in your freezer to chill the glasses.
  3. PREPARE THE DRINK: Shake cherry juice, maple syrup, lime juice and vodka (if using) in a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes.
  4. Fill the cocktail glasses with ice cubes.  Pour the shaken cocktail into the glasses (about halfway).  Leave room for sparkling mineral water.
  5. Fill each glass with sparkling mineral water and stir gently with a spoon.  Leave room for 1-2 red heart ice cubes.
  6. Remove red heart ice cubes from the silicone mold and place 1-2 (or more!) in each drink.
  7. Arrange fresh raspberries on a cocktail pick and place the pick in the drink or balancing on the glass rim.
  8. Enjoy immediately.
  • Category: Beverage

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