Cherry Mint Spritzer

I absolutely love mixing up cocktails and mocktails and creating twists on classics like iced tea and lemonade. Whether it’s a typical weeknight or a special occasion, the food menu shouldn’t have all the fun while drinks take a backseat – and summer is the perfect time to play around with fun beverage recipes. This Cherry Mint Spritzer uses real fruit and fresh mint for a bright, seasonal drink. You can sweeten it up with a little sugar, add your favorite liquor or keep it simple and let the fruit and herbs shine on their own. If you don’t have cherries on hand, experiment with what’s available. Try blackberries and thyme or peaches with basil. There are enough variations to last you all summer long!

Cherry + Mint Spritzer

Cherry Mint Spritzer

Serves 2

½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 cup whole pitted cherries

2 tablespoons sugar (optional)*

A few fresh mint leaves, torn

Vodka or rum (optional)

Sparkling water


Cherry Mint Spritzer

Cherry + Mint Spritzer


Add orange juice, cherries and sugar to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Turn heat to low and continue to cook for about 3-4 more minutes, stirring frequently and crushing the cherries a bit. Allow the mixture to cool.

Divide the cherry mixture into two glasses and add a few torn mint leaves. Using a cocktail muddler or the back of a wooden spoon, mash the cherries and mint. For the adult version, add rum, vodka or another favorite liquor. Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling water and a few ice cubes.  Stir gently and enjoy!

Cherry Mint Spritzer | Summer Drinks

*Add more or less sugar as desired. If you don’t need the drink to be sweet or are trying to cut down on sugar, leave it out entirely.

Quick Tip: For a simple way to pit the cherries without a pitter, use a chopstick. Place the end of the chopstick on the stem-end of the cherry and push the pit out. It does make a little bit of a mess, so I suggest doing this over the sink while wearing an apron.

Cherry Mint Spritzer | Laura Trevey Lifestyle

Cherry + Mint Spritzer | Bright Bold and Beautiful

Cherry + Mint Spritzer

** Cherry Mint Spritzer recipe, styling and photos by Sarah Hauser for

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