Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A quickie: The latest news and a cherry-infused cocktail

This will be short since my eyes feel like they are about to pop out of my head. Before they do, I have some news to share…

You might remember these little darlings:

My adults-only Mango Mojito Pops, the perfect spiked popsicle for summer. Well, they were featured on Redbook Magazine’s website!  Squeal! (I find this incredibly exciting, in case that wasn’t clear.) Check out Redbook's round-up here: 14 Fun, Refreshing "Poptails"

And here’s how I remember the conversation I had with Andy after I received the email from Redbook (he may remember it differently...):

Me: (Speed dialing, breathing quickly, heart beating like crazy, trying not to squeal) Guess what??? I just got an email from Redbook asking if they could feature my mango mojito pops on their website!!!!!
Andy: (Silence) You mean the Redbook my grandma used to read?
Me: Well, yes. But it’s still Redbook Magazine! (Now picturing Andy’s grandma, Mimi, reading in the bathroom)
Andy: (Realizing that he’d better act excited) Wow! That’s really cool. Congratulations!
Me: (Still picturing Mimi reading in the bathroom) Sigh.

Anyway, I don’t really care who reads it, or where they read it, for that matter…I’m still excited! Yay!

What’s that? You think we should have cocktails to celebrate. Okay…twist my arm.

Homemade Cherry-Vanilla Liqueur

8 ounces Bing cherries, stems removed and pitted
8 ounces vanilla vodka
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons water

Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and shake well. Let sit for at least a week, shaking occasionally. Strain and use in cocktails.

Check out my Cherry-Vanilla Sparkler using homemade cherry-vanilla liqueur …it's a slightly sweet and very refreshing summery cocktail.



  1. Congrats on the Redbook feature. SO COOL!!!!

  2. Congratulations, that is so awesome!!! The Cherry-Vanilla Sparkler looks great too. :)

  3. Wonderful drink and congratulations on the Redbook feature!

  4. YUM! This looks so refreshing and a perfect way for me to use up some cherries I just purchased!

  5. Do you let it sit in the fridge? Outside? In your car? (Just kidding, but that's about how ignorant I am on the subject) What temp/ environment?

    1. @erin I just kept it on the counter out of direct sunlight or in the cabinet. (Although I do like your car idea...that would be handy!)

  6. Congrats, Karen...I'll squeal and jump up and down with you, ok?!?!? That cherry liqueur looks fabulous!!

  7. This is PERFECT!!! The cherries around here are inexpensive but delicious this year, and I always love a good liqueur... Plus, the color in your photo is sublime!

  8. Congrats on the Redbook feature. A certain someone (who I won't name) liked the article on Facebook. And I know she hardly ever uses her Facebook account so I figured you had something going on with Redbook. Nice job!

  9. That's how my mom used to make it when I was a kid and I was always asking to give me those cherries after :))))

  10. That's great news! And the cocktail looks perfect for summertime. Can't wait to try it!

  11. Congratulations! Awesome news...This really calls for a really quick but amazing drink. It wont be a rare possibility that another publication will contact you to have this cherry infused mix to be featured in their mag too.
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