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RECIPE: Cherry Tonic (Mocktail) & More Recipes For Washington’s Birthday

Cherry Cooler
[1] Have a cherry juice tonic to celebrate Washington’s birthday (photo © Liv Friis-Larsen | iStock Photo).

Cherry  Pie
[2] Cherry pie is always welcome. Here’s the recipe for this beauty. February 20th is National Cherry Pie Day (photo © Cherry Marketing Institute).

Cherry Cheesecake Chocolate Glaze
[3] Cherry cheesecake with chocolate glaze. (Here’s the recipe from Betty Crocker. April 23rd is National Cherry Cheesecake Day (photo © Betty Crocker).

Cherries Jubilee
[4] Cherries Jubilee, created for Queen Victoria. Here’s the recipe (photo © Roberts Dairy).

Cherry Almond Rugelach on a plate.
[5] Cherry almond rugelach. Here’s the recipe (photo © QVC).


The recipes are below. But first, a word about America’s first president, George Washington, born on February 22nd, 1732. While we now know the story about the cherry tree to be a myth, the tradition of enjoying a cherry pie or other cherry foods doesn’t have to get tossed out with it.

If you follow American history, you may know that a number of facts attributed to George Washington were made up after his death.

  • Washington did not throw a silver dollar across the Potomac River. Not only is the Potomac more than a mile wide—and an Olympic discus champion might falter at that distance—but there were no silver dollars when Washington was a young man.
  • He did not chop down the cherry tree and then say to his father, “I cannot tell a lie.” Ironically, this story is itself a lie, made up by Mason Weems, an early biographer of George Washington (and a parson, no less), to illustrate Washington’s honesty.

  • Here are more fun facts about Washington.
  • Check out George Washington’s Favorite Foods.
    Celebrate with the Cherry Tonic mocktail recipe (photo #1) that follows the list of cherry holidays. There are even more cherry recipes below.

  • January 3rd is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day.
  • February is National Cherry Month.
  • February 20th is National Cherry Pie Day.
  • April 23rd is National Cherry Cheesecake Day.
  • May 17th is National Cherry Cobbler Day.
  • May 26th is National Cherry Dessert Day.
  • July 11th is National Rainer Cherry Day.
  • July 16th is National Cherry Day.
  • August 26th is National Cherry Popsicle Day.
  • August 28th is National Cherry Turnover Day.
  • September 1st is National Cherry Popover Day.
  • September 24th is National Cherries Jubilee Day.

    Celebrate the day with this Cherry Tonic (photo #1). You can adjust the proportions of the drink to please your palate. For a deeper cherry flavor, use more cherry juice and less tonic water.

    You can make the drink alcoholic with gin, tequila, or vodka.

    If you prefer a beer: George Washington brewed his own, including pumpkin ale. He also enjoyed hot chocolate and egg nog.


  • Tonic water
  • Cherry juice
  • Lime wedge
  • Optional: fresh or frozen cherries
    Preparation Per Drink

    1. ADD ice to a highball glass. If using cherries, place 4 or 5 of them on top of the ice.

    2. POUR in a tonic water, to 2/3 of the way up the glass.

    3. TOP off with tart cherry juice (our favorite is R. W. Knudsen Organic Just Tart Cherry juice). Stir.

    4. GARNISH with a lime wedge and serve.

  • Black Forest Cake
  • Cherries Jubilee
  • Cherry Almond Rugelach
  • Cherry Brownies
  • Cherry Cheesecake With Chocolate Glaze (photo #3)
  • Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Cherry Cocktails
  • Cherry Gastrique (sauce for meat and fish)
  • Cherry History
  • Cherry Home Fries
  • Cherry Ice Cubes
  • Cherry Ice Pops (Popsicles)
  • Cherry Lattice Pie
  • Cherry Mango Salsa For Fish & Chicken
  • Cherry Nut Dip & Spread
  • Cherry Pie Pops
  • Cherry Pomegranate Mojito
  • Cherry Popovers
  • Cherry Sorbet
  • Cherry Tart With Lemon Mascarpone Filling
  • Cherry Turnovers
  • Cherry Yogurt Parfait
  • Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake
  • Easy Cherry Pie (photo #2)
  • Frozen Cherry Margarita
  • Goat Cheese Salad With Dried Cherries
  • Salad With Blue Cheese & Dried Cherries
  • Spiced Cherries
  • Turkey Cherry Chili




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