Greg and I just got home from Franconia Notch, New Hampshire on a hiking and more trip. Today I am categorizing more than 500 pictures and videos so I can start a new blogging series on our vacation. We had a fabulous time with hiking a mountain, taking the Cog Rail to the top of Mount Washington (yes, we go to the top of Mount Washington every time we go to NH!) and so much more. The weather was cool with the morning temps between 30 and mid-50’s. But that really is perfect hiking weather. I dislike hot, sticky days for hiking. On Saturday it got to the low 70’s but that only last for a few hours. It seems the temperatures change quickly in the mountains and it cools down earlier in the day than it does in New York. We went through Massachusetts and Vermont to get to New Hampshire. Today I am sharing a few pictures from Vermont’s Welcome Center. It is a great place to stop because the smaller centers have fresh coffee and tea you can purchase and the larger facilities have a lot of vending machines. Plus there are brochures on things to do and typically a few displays about the area. A really nice stop and a beautiful state.
Our trip provided inspiration for at least six new recipes that I am currently researching. In the meantime here is a simple recipe for a Sparklin’ Cherry Cocktail. I got this recipe from click here.
We had a bottle of cherry vodka that we bought many years ago and I never knew what to mix it with. You can add more or less Sprite Zero depending upon how light you prefer the cocktail. The cherry vodka is not as sweet as the name leads one to believe. As a comparison, Triple Sec, which is an orange liqueur, is more sweet and smooth than cherry vodka. The Sparklin’ Cherry cocktail has a light cherry aroma and is quite refreshing! I simply garnished my cocktail with a red stir stick. I like the contrast of the clean look of the cocktail against the sparkling red stir stick. You could add a cherry – a fresh one with the stem would be a nice touch – especially if you are serving friends. You might also get small skewers and lace the fresh cherries onto the skewer.
You could use any flavored vodka for this cocktail and I would imagine you could make a mocktail by using cherry soda, orange soda, etc. and mix with sprite zero.
1 1/2 oz. Three Olives Cherry Vodka
5 oz. Sprite Zero
Pour ingredients into a cocktail glass of your choice, stir, and fill with ice.