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Fresh Cherry Bourbon Cocktail

Fresh cherry bourbon cocktail is just as delicious as it sounds! With fresh, sweet cherries, a subtle smokiness from the bourbon, with a clean vanilla aftertaste. These summery cocktails are simple to prepare!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Calories: 203kcal


For one drink

  • ½ cup fresh cherries (pitted; see note*)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1.5 oz one shot bourbon
  • 3 teaspoons superfine sugar (see note**)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ice cubes
  • soda water (¼ cup or so)


  • In the bottom of a glass, combine the cherries, vanilla extract, bourbon, sugar and lemon juice. Muddle together until cherries are broken and juices are released (you can use the back of a wooden spoon if you don't have a muddler).
  • Top with ice cubes and a small splash of club soda if desired.


*fresh cherries may be swapped for frozen pitted cherries, but thaw before muddling
**superfine sugar is granulated sugar that has been blended until powdery; it may be purchased at the grocery store and is labelled 'berry sugar' in Canada. You can swap it for an equal volume of maple syrup


Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin C: 7mg | Iron: 1mg