Summer means the grocery stores and farmer's markets are bursting with local, seasonal fruits. Sure you use these fresh ingredients in your breakfast parfaits, salads and desserts — but why stop there? For you next barbecue or rooftop jam try Purity Vodka’s new cherries and basil cocktail and appetizer combination. Margaritas and chips are so last year.

Kathy Casey Summertime Purity Vodka Cocktail & Appetizer Pairing

Cherry Basil Collins

Makes 1 cocktail

3 fresh cherries

1 small basil leaf

1 1/2 ounce Purity Vodka

3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

3/4 ounce simple syrup*

2 ounce soda water, chilled

Garnish; fresh lemon wedge, fresh cherry and a small basil leaf

Drop the cherries and basil into a cocktail shaker. Press with a muddler to

release the juices. Measure in the Purity Vodka, lemon juice and simple

syrup. Fill cocktail shaker with ice, cap and shake vigorously. Pour drink

into a Collins glass. Add soda water and stir. Garnish.

*To make simple syrup: combine 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water in a small

sauce pan. Bring to a quick boil then immediately remove from heat. Cool

then store refrigerated for up to one month.

Recipe Created by Kathy Casey Food Studios® - Liquid Kitchen™

Cherry & Goat Cheese Bings

This quick and easy summer appetizer is the perfect bite with a Purity Vodka


Makes about 20 pieces

20 fresh dark sweet cherries

1/2 cup (2 ounces) sliced almonds

1 teaspoon olive oil

Pinch of salt

4 to 6 ounces fresh goat cheese (chèvre)

Pit the cherries and set aside to drain on paper towels for 30 minutes.

Preheat an oven to 350°F.

Meanwhile, mix the almonds, oil, and salt in a small bowl, then spread on a

rimmed baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Let

cool to room temperature. When cooled, use your hands to crush the almonds

to the size of large cracker crumbs; put into a shallow bowl.

Take 1 heaping teaspoonful of cheese in the palm of your hand, place a

cherry on the cheese, and start rolling with your hands to coat the cherry.

If there are any thin spots, add a bit more cheese. Immediately after

rolling the cheese around the cherry, drop it into the crumbled almonds and

roll to coat with the nuts. Repeat with the remaining cherries. Serve

immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve, for up to 2 hours.

Recipe Created by Kathy Casey Food Studios® - Liquid Kitchen™