Chiefs Cherry Bomb

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Ring in the Kansas City Chiefs’ 2016 season with a festive cocktail

If you’re like a lot of Chiefs fans, you’ve already got a plan for the team’s season opener against the San Diego Chargers Sunday. Maybe you’re working on an elaborate spread for a tailgate at Arrowhead Stadium, or a group of friends are heading to your house for a watch party. Either way, there’s one menu item that’s a must on game day: the perfect cocktail.

This recipe, courtesy of Food & Wine, is enough to satisfy a group of 12:

Chiefs Cherry Bomb

Ingredients:SP_ChiefsCocktail_19_AL0816

sour-cherry syrup
  • 1 pound sour cherries, stemmed
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Strips of zest from 1/2 lemon
  • Strips of zest from 1/2 orange
gin sling
  • 2 cups gin
  • 2/3 cup Cointreau
  • 2/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 1/4 cups sour-cherry syrup
  • Angostura bitters
  • Ice
  • Sparkling water
  • Lemon wheels and fresh cherries, for garnish

Directions:

For the gin slings: In a large saucepan, combine the cherries with the sugar, water and citrus zests and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat for 40 minutes. Pass the mixture through a fine strainer, pressing on the solids; you should have 2 1/2 cups. Let cool.

In a pitcher, combine the gin with the Cointreau, lime juice, sour-cherry syrup and a few dashes of bitters and stir well. Pour into ice-filled glasses and top each drink with sparkling water. Garnish with the lemon wheels and fresh cherries and serve.

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