Ginger Cherry Smash – A Gin Cocktail

Ginger Cherry Smash Cocktail in a highball with a lime and cherries

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One of our favorite ginger cocktails of ginger, cherry, mixed with gin! This cherry gin cocktail is perfect for spring!



With two boys playing sports and the two of us being active in lots of organizations, our weekends can get rather hectic, especially for our boys who sometimes need a little treat in the afternoon to help them refuel. One of their favorite things to grab is a cherry limeade, the combination of the sweet red maraschino cherry syrup and limeade a refreshing fizzy drink.



Sugar being poured into a shaker. Cherries being poured into a glass

Cherries being muddled in a glass







While this is great for the kids and perfect for an afternoon refreshment, but sometimes you want to have something a little more appropriate for an adult! We decided to make an adult version of cherry limeade that might fit this bill! 



Lime juice being poured from a jigger into a shaker GInger Cherry Smash Cocktail in highball with green and white striped straw



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Using fresh spring cherries with their beautiful sweet and tart red juice, bright herbal gin and a bit of ginger to cut the sweetness, our Ginger Cherry Smash brings the tart sparkling flavors of an adult cherry limeade to your glass! Also try our Strawberry Limeade Gin & Tonic which is like this one!



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Ginger Cherry Smash Cocktail in a highball with a green and white striped straw Ginger Cherry Smash Cocktail in a highball with a green and white striped straw Ginger Cherry Smash Cocktail in a highball




Ginger Cherry

A lot of folks are intimidated by drinks that use gin because they remember smelling (or tasting) their grandpa’s drink which used the cheapest gin that reminded your of Pine-Sol and socks. Gin these days is entirely different as there has been a revolution in the distilling world and gin offers a wonderful place for distillers to bring better flavors to your glass, making the gins of today definitely not your Grandpa’s gin!



Cherries in a glass




Some of our favorites are Hendrick’s, Broker’s or the Botanist.




Cherry Cocktail in a highball with a lime and cherries




What Ingredients are Needed for the Ginger Cherry Smash Cocktail?

  • Gin
  • Lime Juice
  • Sugar
  • Cherries
  • Ginger Liqueur or Ginger Ale
  • Club Soda



We used Broker’s London Dry Gin in this drink. Broker’s is a great gin for folks who want to step into the world of gin as it is a great citrus sweet gin with a nice dry herbal finish similar to a dry white wine. The bright citrus notes work really well with the limeade, and is a perfect base for our Ginger Cherry Smash.





Cherry Cocktail in a highball with cherries and a lime, with a hand on a green and white straw



We start out by muddling (smashing) pitted cherries and some granulated sugar in the bottom of a shaker tin. Adding the granulated sugar in with the cherries helps pull out the juices of the cherries, as well as act as tiny little knives and help break the cherries down. Using the sugar like this is a classic cocktail technique as it adds sweetness with out a lot of dilution that the water in a simple syrup can cause.





Cherry Cocktail in a highball glass with a lime and cherries




After the sugar is fully dissolved in the cherry juice, we added in the fresh squeezed lime juice, ginger liqueur and gin. The ginger liqueur helps control the sweetness while adding a spiciness that adds complexity to the drink and works really well with the lime and gin. Topping the mix with crushed ice and a splash of club soda gives the drink a fizzy finish that makes these ginger cocktails quite the refresher!



Ginger Cherry Smash Cocktail in a highball with a green and white straw



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Ginger Cherry Smash - A Gin Cocktail
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Ginger Cherry Smash - A Gin Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A delightful combination of cherries, ginger liqueur and lime juice, this is perfect for warm summer days!


  • 1 1/2-2 oz gin (2 oz gin if not using the ginger liqueur)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 6 cherries, pitted
  • 1/2 oz ginger liqueur or 3/4 oz ginger ale
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • lime wedge
  • top with club soda if using the ginger liqueur


Muddle cherries and sugar in a shaker. Muddle until the sugar is dissolved.

Add lime juice, ginger liqueur and gin.

Shake with ice.

Strain into glass with ice, top with ginger ale or club soda.

Garnish with a lime wedge


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 192Total Fat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 12.9gFiber: 0.1gSugar: 9.8gProtein: 0.1g




Ginger Cherry Smash cocktail in a highball glass with limes and cherries




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48 thoughts on “Ginger Cherry Smash – A Gin Cocktail

  1. I have become such a big fan of gin lately – it has actually surpassed vodka in my bar cart!! This is a great recipe!

  2. For some reason, my boyfriend has a huge bottle of gin and I wanted to use it for something more fun than a gin and tonic – this sounds perfect, love the combination of ginger with it too!

  3. I am going to try this with my sugar substitute and some gingerale, I don’t use regular sugar for health issues but I don’t see why it couldn’t work with a sugar substitute.

  4. Wow! This looks really good! I’ve never been a gin drinker, but I guess that’s just because I haven’t really tried a good one before. I would definitely drink this, though! I’m adding this stuff to the grocery list now. 🙂

  5. I love cherries… so this drink looks so, so refreshing! Perfect for a nice warm evening outside on the deck or porch! Must try!

  6. I knew I would love this cocktail when I read the title. I love pretty much anything with a maraschino cherry, and ginger is one of my favorite flavors of all times! Can’t wait to try this!

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