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Mouthwatering Cherry Bourbon Smash – Sweet Bourbon Delight

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The Cherry Bourbon Smash is a delightful and refreshing cocktail that perfectly balances the rich, oaky flavors of bourbon with the natural sweetness of fresh cherries. This cocktail has its roots in the heart of American bourbon country, where cherries have long been a prized ingredient for their ability to complement and enhance the complex flavors of this beloved spirit.

Historical Context

Bourbon, a uniquely American spirit, has a rich history dating back to the late 18th century. Cherries, on the other hand, have been a symbol of indulgence and delight for centuries, adorning everything from cocktails to decadent desserts. It’s no surprise that combining the two has become a cherished tradition.


  1. Prepare Your Cherries: Start by pitting the fresh cherries. To do this, use a cherry pitter or carefully remove the pits with a paring knife. Keep a couple of cherries aside for garnish.
  2. Muddle the Cherries: Place the pitted cherries in the bottom of your cocktail shaker. Use a muddler to gently muddle the cherries. This step releases their sweet juices and creates a luscious base for your cocktail.
  3. Add Bourbon and Syrup: Pour 2 ounces of your favorite bourbon into the shaker, followed by 1/2 ounce of simple syrup. This syrup will add a touch of sweetness to balance the tartness of the cherries.
  4. Squeeze the Lemon: Use a citrus juicer to extract 1/2 ounce of fresh lemon juice. Add it to the shaker with the other ingredients.
  5. Add Ice and Shake: Drop a handful of ice cubes into the shaker, then firmly seal it. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. This chills and dilutes the cocktail slightly while incorporating all the flavors.
  6. Strain into Glass: Place a fine mesh strainer over your old-fashioned glass and pour the contents of the shaker through it. This step ensures your cocktail is free of cherry pulp, resulting in a smoother texture.
  7. Garnish: For the final touch, garnish your Cherry Bourbon Smash with a sprig of fresh mint, a lemon twist, and a couple of the cherries you set aside earlier.
  8. Serve and Enjoy: Your Mouthwatering Cherry Bourbon Smash is now ready to be savored. Sip it slowly and savor the harmony of bourbon and cherries, perfectly balanced in this delightful concoction.

This cocktail, with its rich history and tantalizing flavors, is sure to become a favorite in your cocktail repertoire. It’s an excellent choice for both novice mixologists and seasoned professionals alike, offering a burst of refreshing sweetness with a whiskey kick. Enjoy responsibly, and cheers to the Cherry Bourbon Smash!


prep time
10 minutes.
cooking time
0 minutes.
total time
10 minutes.


Prepare your cherries.
Muddle the cherries.
Add bourbon and syrup.
Squeeze the lemon.


cktail shaker Muddler Fine mesh strainer Old-fashioned glass Jigger Citrus juicer
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