Cherry Bourbon Sour

Glass of Cherry Bourbon Sour garnished with fresh cherries, mint, and orange slices.

If you’re a fan of the classic bourbon sour cocktail (or enjoy a fruity drink), this Cherry Bourbon Sour is for you!

I’m on a little bit of a bourbon kick lately between this Cherry Bourbon Sour and the Bourbon Glazed Turkey recipe I posted and I’m not sad about it. While I’m not a huge bourbon-on-the-rocks girl, I do enjoy the barrel-aged liquor in a cocktail. Which is where the Cherry Bourbon Sour enters the scene.

This cocktail is made with homemade cherry simple syrup, and while there are probably decent substitutes, they likely pale in comparison. I used fresh cherries for this recipe, however feel free to grab the frozen variety if necessary. This simple syrup keeps for up to 2 weeks if refrigerated. This means you can use it in a variety of cocktails!

I love the addition of oranges in this Cherry Bourbon Sour. Oranges and bourbon are great amigos since the sweetness of the oranges tones down the bitterness of the alcohol. I used freshly squeezed orange juice for this recipe and highly recommend that you do the same.

This recipe is a great holiday drink option. It’s also an easy one to prep in advance and mix to order, making this Cherry Bourbon Sour great for gatherings as well. However, feel free to enjoy it year-round no matter the season!

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Glass of Cherry Bourbon Sour garnished with fresh cherries, mint, and orange slices.Glass of Cherry Bourbon Sour garnished with fresh cherries, mint, and orange slices.

 

Glass of Cherry Bourbon Sour garnished with fresh cherries, mint, and orange slices.

Cherry Bourbon Sour

If you're a fan of the classic bourbon sour cocktail (or enjoy a fruity drink), this Cherry Bourbon Sour is for you!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

For the cherry syrup

  • 1 cup Cherries, pitted and halved (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Orange Zest

For the cocktail

  • 1/2 cup Cherry Syrup
  • 1 cup Bourbon
  • 1 cup Orange Juice, fresh
  • 4 dashes Orange Bitters
  • Sparkling Water, for topping
  • 1 Orange, sliced
  • 1 cup Cherries, pitted and halved
  • Mint, for garnish (optional)

Instructions
 

For the cherry syrup

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the cherries, water, sugar and orange zest.
  • Simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Mash cherries with a fork. Set aside from 15 minutes.
  • Strain syrup into a glass jar. Discard solids.

For the cocktail

  • In a large pitcher, combine the cherry syrup, bourbon, orange juice and orange bitters. Stir to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve on ice and garnish with an orange slice, cherries and mint if desired. Enjoy!
Keyword Cocktail, cocktail recipes, drink recipes, holiday drinks

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