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Friday, July 30, 2010

Drink of the Week: Sweetbird Almond Syrup

It’s full-on cherry season, and we’ve been looking for as many ways as possible to put this sweet summer fruit to use. One of our favorite flavor combos is cherry and almond, a delicious match-up that takes center stage in our Almond Bing Fizz, mixing fresh Bing cherries with today’s Drink of the Week: almond syrup from Sweetbird. Sweetbird’s syrups are all-natural and great for cocktails, coffee drinks and sodas. Their almond syrup has a pure, concentrated almond flavor, adding milky marzipan notes to sweet and slightly tart cherries. A squeeze of lemon and a splash of soda water , and you’ve got the perfect summer refresher.
$9.25 for 1 liter, coffee-authority.com

Almond Bing Fizz

10 fresh Bing cherries, stems removed and pitted
1 1/4 oz. Sweetbird almond syrup
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
Soda water
Ice cubes
Tools: cherry pitter, muddler, shaker, strainer
Glass: Collins
Garnish: lemon twist or skewered cherry

In a shaker, muddle pitted cherries to a pulp. Add remaining ingredients, except soda and shake. Strain into an ice-filled glass and top with soda water. Garnish.