As seen in our July 2013 Dinner Show. This is made with pie cherries!


  • 2 1/2 cups pie cherries, about a pound

  • 1-2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 -2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 bottle Proseco or other dry sparkling wine
  • 1 cup softly whipped cream, for floating on top


Clean cherries, check for pits, and set aside
Bring lemon juice water and sugar to boil in small sauce pan and simmer for about 5 minutes or until it becomes syrupy. At this point remove from heat;  add salt and vanilla and cherries; stir.  No further cooking is needed at this time. Store in the refrigerator until needed.

For spritzer, remove some compote and place about a teaspoon into the bottom of a small shot glass or a tablespoon in a martini class. Pour a sparkling wine over them to about 1/2 inch below the glass rim, being careful not to mix the wine with the cherries. Next float a small amount of softly whipped cream (unsweetened) on top of the sparkling. Serve immediately. Some might say this is the adult Shirley Temple.


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