Cherry Fizz Cocktail is an accompaniment to my Wreck it Ralph theme dinner. There are several references to cherries throughout the movie, and when I first told Abby and Katie that I was going to be making a Wreck it Ralph theme menu, Abby said, “You definitely need to include cherries.” So obviously I had no choice. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with cherries. It is February, cherries are not in season, so fresh cherries were not an option.
I came home with frozen cherries, cherry juice, maraschino cherries, and cherry lime La Croix. Somewhere during this planning I had a food memory traveling all the way back to my early twenties. My boyfriend and I had gone to Las Vegas for the weekend, and I was so excited and dubious to learn that they just give you free cocktails in casinos. Free! They just bring you whatever cocktails you want while you’re sitting playing some fun games.
I wasn’t much of a drinker, but someone suggested that I try a Tom Collins, and I loved it! It became my Vegas Drink. It also happened to be one of the first alcoholic beverages I even remotely enjoyed. Even better, it was served with a twist of lemon and a maraschino cherry. So this Cherry Fizz cocktail is my cherry-fied trip down memory lane. A Cherry Tom Collins? A Tom Cherry? A Cherry Gin Fizz? I dunno. It’s made with sparkling water, and fizzy drinks are more fun. Whatever you call it, it is pretty dang tasty!