Cherry Martini

Orange liqueur may be substituted for almond liqueur.

Whipped cream or topping, dairy sour cream or cr me fraiche may be substituted for cream cheese.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pitted, halved Northwest fresh sweet cherries
  • 1/4 cup almond liqueur
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 12 lady fingers, split in half lengthwise*
  • 1/4 cup whipped low fat cream cheese
  • 4 whole Northwest fresh sweet cherries with stems

* Angel food cake or pound cake, cut into 3 x 1 x 1/2-inch strips, may be substituted for ladyfingers. Lightly toast strips, if desired.

Instructions

  1. Mix cherries, liqueur and sugar; marinate 1 hour or longer.
  2. Arrange ladyfingers against sides of 4 martini glasses.
  3. Just before serving, spoon 1/2 cup cherries over lady fingers in each glass.
  4. Swirl 1 tablespoon cream cheese over cherries in each glass.
  5. Garnish with whole cherry and serve.

Yield: 4 servings

Recipe use with permission from: Northwest Cherry Growers

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