Recovery Mocktail: Dark Cherry Cooler

The darling of the recovery world, tart cherry juice, stars in this drink.

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If you’re looking for a cherry recovery drink, look no farther. Tart cherry fruit and its concentrate have been widely studied for its anti-inflammatory properties, which help muscles repair properly and reduce muscle soreness. As for its flavor, “I love to work with dark red fruits to make drinks that sip with bramble, tannin, and peppery notes,” says cocktail bar owner Julia Momose.

Dark Cherry Cooler

  • Serves: 1
  • Total time: 10 minutes


  • 1 tsp. dried hibiscus flowers
  • 5 oz. boiling water
  • 3 oz. tart cherry juice
  • 1 tsp. pomegranate molasses
  • Sparkling water (optional)

Make It Boozy

  • For a low-proof cocktail: 1½ oz. sweet vermouth
  • For a higher-proof cocktail: 1½ oz. bourbon or rye whiskey


  1. Step 1

    Add dried hibiscus flowers to boiling water; steep for 5 minutes. Strain. Hibiscus tea can be refrigerated up to 2 days.

  2. Step 2

    Measure 1 ounce of prepared hibiscus tea, and add to tart cherry juice, pomegranate molasses, and alcohol in a glass. Stir well to combine; add ice.

  3. Step 3

    Stir and strain into a chilled coupe. For a more refreshing variation, top off with a splash of sparkling water.