When was the last time you had a mocktail?
Cherry Pink Mocktail has sprite and maraschino cherry syrup!
The pink hue might remind you of Shirley Temples but those are made with ginger ale and grenadine syrup.
Cherry Pink Mocktail
If you spent any time in bars as a child, as I did, you’ll be familiar with the pink carbonated drinks, which usually had a cherry with a stem balanced on the ice cubes and narrow little bar straws from which to drink them.
These pink drinks ply small children into behaving while the grown-ups have a quick one or three.
So, I had many in my day--in 1970’s St. Louis.
I spent time in the company of my grandmother, who ran a tool and die factory.
She and her second husband had a fair amount of stress from work as do most of us.
She would meet her husband for drinks after work at a dark, drafty spot called Meyers Lounge.
Her husband had his own job stress as a cop. He was a detective for many years and worked his way up to police chief for the city of St. Louis. That's Stress with a capital S and not just because we're talking St. Louis, which routinely makes the top ten list for murders in the U.S.
If they were watching me, I would go to Meyers too.
And listen to remember when.
And stories about dumb criminals.
It's been 25 years now since my grandparents died but that lounge is still kicking.
I googled it.
I saw the bar menu.
They're selling burgers for $4.50! But, that's the Midwest for you. So much cheaper than New England. You can't get an order of fries for $4.50 in Maine!
Back to our mocktails:
How to Make Cherry Pink Mocktails
These drinks couldn’t be easier to make, just add a teaspoon of juice from a jar of maraschino cherries to a tall or short glass of ice and Sprite or another lemon-lime soda.
Garnish with a heaping tablespoon of cherries.
Or garnish with a Haribo gummy cherry candy. Those are so good.
Of if you’re counting calories, you could add cherry juice to seltzer.
This drink is 100 calories per serving as is.
What you’ll need:
A can or bottle of Sprite or lemon-lime soda (five to six ounces a drink)
A jar of maraschino cherries or cherry syrup or two teaspoons
Ice (a handful or two)
Straws if you like to use them
Cherry Pink Mocktail
Cherry Pink Mocktails
- One 12-ounce can of Sprite or lemon lime soda
- Two teaspoons maraschino cherry syrup
- Two tablespoons maraschino cherries (for garnish optional)
- Two cups of ice
Put ice in each glass.
Drizzle a teaspoon of maraschino cherry juice over ice in each glass.
Top each glass with half of the Sprite,, about five to six ounces per glass.
Garnish with a tablespoon of maraschino cherries.
Optional garnish, a Haribo cherry gummy candy.
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 100Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 65mgCarbohydrates 73gFiber 0gSugar 61gProtein 0g
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My father used to take me to Flip's Tavern when I was a child. I did not have a Shirley Temple which was much too fancy of a drink for Flip's. My treat was a bottle of Pepsi Cola and a bag of potato chips. Flip's was located in the basement of a house on a busy street in Pagedale, Missouri. It was a small place with a linoleum checkerboard floor and mid-century tables and chairs - chrome with formica tops. My father would have a good time telling tall tales and fish stories with his friends and I would savor my treat.
That's a good memory M.D.! Did you alone with your dad or did siblings go with you?