Random Single Gal Recipe: Cherry Compote Cocktail

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One of the weird byproducts of my ADD is that sometimes I cook just because I need to do something and making something — in this case, edible — gives me a beginning, middle, and end to focus on. So this weekend, out of the blue, I felt a deep, burning desire to focus my energy on making a cherry compote. I have never made one before. This one is a hodgepodge of, like, four different recipes I read online. Then, as a reward and because I didn’t know what else to do with it, I mixed my compote with cheap champagne, which I always have stocked. And lemme tell ya — sometimes my ADD is good for something because this cherry compote cocktail was yummy. And I still have plenty left over for cocktails the rest of the week. Enjoy!



  • 2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsps. water
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

To Prepare:

  1. Put pitted and halved cherries in a saucepan with sugar and water over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Let simmer for 10 minutes or so until cherries are tender and their juices have released and are thickening.
  2. Uncover and add balsamic vinegar and continue to simmer for five minutes until sauce thickens.
  3. Pull off heat and let cool.



  • 1 spoonful of cherry compote, including a little juice and a few cherries
  • cheapish champagne (I like a brand called Cristalino, cause it sounds classy), prosecco, or cava, as much as you want
  • 1-2 big splashes of juice, like cranberry or grapefruit

To Prepare:

  1. Put cherry compote at bottom of glass. Pour in desired amount of bubbly. Add splash or two of juice.
  2. Drink that awesome shit.
  3. REPEAT.
  4. REPEAT.
  5. REPEAT.
  6. You get the idea.
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