I am co-hosting our Bunco group tomorrow night and we have decide to serve Cherry Firecrackers! I have “all of the fixin’s” as they like to say down here and I even made a demo drink this past weekend…you know to try them, road test them, and to make sure they were worthy of the Bunco Girls. And they are. They taste great, they are NOT too strong, they are pretty to look at, and have a high fun factor. The rims of the glasses are dipped in Cherry Pop Rocks candy. And they crackle and sizzle with every sip! I love this idea!
I got the idea a couple of weeks ago when I was reading Pink Martinis and Pearls and she had a recipe for a Boston Pops Cocktail just in time for the Fourth of July. The drink she posted had the glass rim frosted with the Pop Rocks Candy. Her drink is blue and calls for Blue Curacao. Click HERE to check our her recipe.
We decided we weren’t sure we wanted to drink “blue” drinks and because the only flavor Pop Rocks I could find was Cherry…we decided to go with this recipe instead.
2 parts Cherry Vodka
1 part Amaretto
2 parts Cranberry Juice Cocktail
Cherry 7-Up or Sparkling Water (Pellegrino) or Club Soda
Pop Rocks Candy Crystals
You can make this drink by the pitcher which is what we are going to do.
For the pitcher size: the “parts” = cups.
For individual drinks: the “parts” = shots.
For an individual drink, fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the Cherry Vodka, the Amaretto, and the Cranberry juice and shake. Frost the rim of a martini glass by rubbing the edge with a wedge of lime, and then carefully dip into a plate of Pop Rocks candy. It will start to crackle and pop right away. Pour into a martini glass. Top it off with some Cherry 7-UP if you like your drinks sweet and if you don’t top it off with sparkling water or Club Soda. Garnish with a lime wheel.
It is not a good idea to frost the martini glasses with Pop Rocks in advance. As soon as the candy touches anything moist it start to activate. It is best to frost your glasses as you serve the drinks.
Tomorrow is the party. I can’t wait! I will let you know if these are a success or not. How could they not be???