Balls Vodka (yes, really) recently sent me a bottle of their vegan-safe (and gluten-free!) vodka to try. I hadn’t heard of their brand before, but fell in love as soon as I saw their packaging. Isn’t it great?
The bottle is a total conversation starter – everyone who has seen it in my kitchen has loved it – and the taste is smooth. And it only has 100 calories per serving, which is pretty cool. It took me a while to come up with the perfect cocktail to enjoy it in, but this past weekend I finally did. I had a grabbed a bag of cherries at Whole Foods earlier in the day, and they were really calling my name. The Shirley Temple was my favorite drink to order as a girl, and that’s how this drink came to be. I’m calling it The Sassy Shirley Temple. There’s already a Dirty Shirley and I like alliterations, so there you go.
What makes my cocktail so fantastic isn’t just that it has Balls vodka in it, although that helps. It’s the CHERRIES! No wimpy little maraschino cherries for us, no sir. We’re ADULTS (hence the vodka) so we like real cherries.
So head to store and pick up a bag of beautiful red sweet cherries, stop at the liquor store, then go home and enjoy a Sassy Shirley Temple!
- 1/3 cup Balls Vodka
- Hefty splash of grenadine
- Sprite or any other lemon/lime soda
- Sweet cherries
- Fill 2 tall glasses with ice. Add the vodka, soda and grenadine, and stir. Top with cherries and enjoy!