When I lived in my condo at the Cobblestone, my neighbors/great friends and I were so excited when an Original Joe’s opened up just down the street from us. Other than one restaurant (and a good one mind you) there was nothing else in stumbling distance from us. Needless to say, we were frequent customers at OJ’s and had many a good night there till I moved to the other side of town. OJ’s has a fantastic menu and they have the best freeking dill dip for your fries along with a number of hard-to-resist craft cocktails. One of which was my favorite. The Funky Cold Mediva. Since then they have taken this cocktail off the menu (wtf?) so I had to figure out how to make it at home.
Last weekend Debbie and I were determined to re-create this gem of a cocktail. We sacrificed a fair amount of alcohol in order to give you this recipe! Your welcome…. We knew that it had vanilla vodka, lime, some sort of cherry juice and soda in it for sure so we started with that. I had brought some cherry flavored liqueur from Curacao so we mixed it with cherry juice Debbie found at the grocery store and the rest of the ingredients we knew went in the cocktail. It tasted like cough syrup and we couldn’t drink it. Gross. First drink down the drain. Cherry Curacao in the bin.
Next we tried vanilla vodka, cherry juice and the rest. Better. But not something that either of us want to drink again. Ever. Second drink down the drain.
It was the cherry juice. It just wasn’t the one that was used when we had this drink in the restaurant. I took a gamble and called Original Joes. “Hello, do you remember that delicious drink that you used to have on your menu? The cherry one. Funky Cold Mediva?” “You do! Sweet. Do you remember what was in it?” “Yes, Ill hold while you ask the bartender” “Oh, you rock! Thank you sooo much!”
Woohoo! I got it.
The secret is the cherry juice. Cocktail cherry juice, or maraschino cherry juice and Alizé! Debbie and I both happen to love maraschino cherries! We know they aren’t great for you, but we cant help it. They have that distinct tangy sweet brandy flavor that makes them so irresistible.
This cocktail needs about an ounce each of the maraschino cherry juice and Alizé to make it perfect for Debbie and I, but if you like your drinks a little more sweet, just add a little more. The sweetness is balanced out by the lime juice and the soda makes the lot all fizzy and wonderful. Fizzy drinks are fun.
This week I happened to come across a recipe for homemade maraschino cherries on Basil and Bubbly! I wish I had found it sooner, but you can be sure Im going to be trying this recipe! I will update this post when I have a jar of homemade cherries and let you know how they work in this recipe. The color wont be the same, but flavor wise, Im hoping they will be. Fingers crossed!
- 1 oz vanilla vodka
- 1 oz red alizé
- .5 oz lime
- 1 - 2 oz maraschino cherry juice (or cherry cocktail)
- club soda
- Fill a tall glass with ice.
- Add the vanilla vodka, red alize, lime juice and 1 oz of maraschino cherry juice.
- Top with club soda and give it a stir.
- Adjust the sweetness with a little more maraschino juice if desired.