• Summer Fest: Cherries

    by  • August 3, 2011 • Uncategorized • 9 Comments

    First it was Eggplant, followed by Peaches and Cream Cheesecake. Cucumbers came shortly after and now Food Network’s Summer Fest is all about Cherries! Those gorgeous, plump red fruits that are delicious in pies, breads, cookies and now…frozen drinks!

    Nothing beats the heat more than an ice cold beverage and what better way to get tons of vitamins and nutrients than by making an all-natural Cherry Frozen Drink? Spiked with Brandy and Vanilla specks, this libation will cool you down during those days when the sun decides to shine aggressively! Just don’t forget to wear sunscreen!

    Cherry Cooler
    2 cups fresh cherries, pitted*
    2 tablespoons Brandy
    1/8 teaspoon Vanilla Bean Powder


    1. Freeze cherries for about an hour. This avoids having to put ice cubes in your drink, thus diluting it.
    2. In a blender, pour in semi-frozen cherries, brandy and Vanilla Bean Powder. 
    3. Blend until smooth and serve!

    *If using US Cherries, you’ll just have to pit the cherries before freezing for an hour. Dominican Cherries are much different than their US sisters, with the pits stuck to the flesh. When using Dominican cherries, you’ll have to go through a slightly method:

    1. Blend the fresh cherries and strain to remove pits. Place in shallow pan and semi-freeze. Pour into blender and pulse with brandy and Vanilla Bean Powder. 
    2. Serve and Enjoy!

    Need more Cherry Inspiration?

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    Big Girls Small Kitchen: Cherry Cornmeal Cake
    Ingredient Challenge Monday: Black Forest Ice Cream Done Two Ways
    Spices and Aroma: Dilkush with Cherries
    And Love It Too: Cherry-Pecan Chicken Salad
    Food for 7 Stages of Life: South Indian Hot and Sour Soup
    Virtually Homemade: Dark Chocolate Cherry Kuchen
    In Jennie’s Kitchen: Cherry Conserves
    The Sensitive Epicure: Gluten-Free Cherry Almond Clafouti
    Cooking Channel: Very Cherry Sangria
    Napa Farmhouse 1885: Cherry Balsamic Vinegar
    Virtually Vegan Mamma: Fresh Cherry and Almond Scones
    CIA Dropout: Italian Cherry Cake

    Sweet Life Bake: Honey-Tequila Pickled CherriesRecipe Girl: Cherry Limeade Pound Cake

    Check back Thursday for the start of my special August series, about Vanilla in all it’s gorgeous shapes and forms: beans, powdered and liquid, sponsored by Beanilla.


    As a freelance food & travel writer, I not only write for my own food blog, Cooking with Books, but collaborate with SheKnows, Honest Cooking, Marcus Samuelsson, and Startle – Forbes Travel Guide. My work has been published (online and in print) in Woman’s Day, NBC Latino, and other food publications.


    9 Responses to Summer Fest: Cherries

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    2. August 5, 2011 at 10:23 am

      Lovely clicks and YAY for cherries. Love the easy peasy cherry cooler too! 😉

    3. August 5, 2011 at 4:37 am

      Love cherries but they are sadly still expensive here so haven’t baked anything with them yet and am waiting to make a cherry crumble cake.

    4. August 4, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      How interesting how different the cherries are, they are still so beautiful! This frozen drink sounds perfect:-) Hugs, Terra

    5. August 3, 2011 at 11:16 pm
    6. August 3, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      I am a cherry monster.

    7. August 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      Oh gosh. I need a punch bowl filled with this STAT! Where was this recipe 3 weeks ago when I massacred a pound of cherries in a cobbler? Ha…

      Will definitely be trying this out soon. Possibly for the coming onslaught of guests :)


    8. August 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      ahhhh love the idea of using frozen cherries! heehee and cherry juice with brandy and vanilla bean powder sounds exotic. 😀

    9. August 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      yay at last we see the three pitted cherries. Gorgeous pics!! Love this post Nelly and can’t wait for your series!

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