Avery’s Cherry-Lime “Mocktail”
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Test Kitchen Approved Recipe

This grown-up drink for kids was created in Savory's test kitchen by 11-year-old customer Avery B. She wanted to make something more creative than the usual Shirley Temple...something special that kids would be excited to sip at holiday parties or family dinners.

4 servings


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup * Vanilla Bean Sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark red pitted cherries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 cup * Natural Key Lime Extract
  • 1/8 cup * Natural Cherry Extract
  • 1 lime, cut into 8 wedges
  • ice cubes
  • club soda or seltzer water
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish

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Place water and 1/2 cup of the sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Once boiling, add cherries and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 5 min. to soften cherries. Once soft, gently smash cherries against the side of the pan with a large spoon. Remove from heat and stir in both extracts. Strain syrup into a clean jar, pressing on the cherries to get out as much liquid as possible; discard cherries (or eat!). Seal jar and set over ice water until cool, about 5 min.

Meanwhile, prepare 4 “mocktail” glasses: Place remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a wide bowl. Rub 1 wedge of lime around the rim of each glass. Dip rim of glasses in sugar to coat. Place a handful of ice cubes in each glass then add 3 to 4 Tbsp. cooled cherry syrup and top with club soda. Garnish each glass with a wedge of lime and fresh mint leaves.

11-year-old Avery B., Savory Spice—Platte St/Denver, CO customer


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