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Summer cocktails should have the right balance of seasonality and ease. They need a bit of personality, a punch of flavor and a distinct spirit to bring it altogether. This cherry gin smash checks all of those summer cocktail boxes. It’s lightly sweetened with local honey, loaded with fresh muddled cherries and topped with sparkling water.

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This cherry gin smash tastes great for two reasons. Its simple, seasonal fresh summer ingredients. And the unique flavor of Prairie Organic’s corn-based gin. Craftsmanship is at the heart of the Prairie Organic brand, which includes each ingredient that goes into every bottle.

How to make a gin smash.

It’s incredibly easy to assemble this summer cocktail. First fill a glass with a small handful of cherries with a drizzle of honey, and then muddle for a few seconds. Then combine those muddled cherries with the gin and ice in a cocktail shaker, and shake. Then pour it in a glass of your choice, top it with sparkling water and enjoy responsibly.

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Yield: 1 drink

Cherry Gin Smash with Honey

cherry gin smash cocktail

A lightly honey-sweetened gin smash with loads of fresh cherries and topped with sparkling water. A light, and easy summer cocktail.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes


  • 4 fresh pitted cherries
  • 1 teaspoon local honey
  • 1 ounce gin (see notes)
  • 2 ounce sparkling water
  • handful ice


  1. Fill a glass with the cherries and honey, and muddle.
  2. Then combine those muddled cherries with the gin and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake until frothy.
  3. Pour the frothy mixture into a glass of your choice, top with sparkling water, stir and enjoy responsibly.


If you want to make this non-alcoholic, simply replace the gin with more sparkling water.

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