Bourbon Cherry Lemonade? Heck Yeah!
I’ll make this snappy because the cocktail I’m about to share with you is so marvelous that I don’t want to keep you at your desk. In fact, I’d like you to walk away from your computer and start mixing RIGHT NOW (after all, it’s Friday). Seriously, if I could come up with a way to pour a batch of Donald Link's Bourbon cherry lemonade through your wireless router, I would, and you would all thank me very much and beg me for a refill, please Madame.
As a bourbon purist -- neat, with a waterback -- I’m a bit taken aback by my new-found love for a bourbon-y cocktail, but unlike an Old-Fashioned and even a Manhattan, this backyard party in a glass is spunky rather than syrupy, and dare I say it, refreshing.
Link’s recipe calls for sweet cherry juice, which is not the same as Maraschino gunk. Until cherries come into season here in Washington state, I’ll stick to my very reliable Plan B, a few ounces of R.W. Knudsen's “Just Black Cherry,” which is nothing but cherry nectar (available at Whole Foods for about $4, and I’d love to hear where else you may find it). Into the shaker it goes with your favorite bourbon and some crushed ice, then you top things off with your favorite lemonade. (When I don’t make my own, I’m a fan of Santa Cruz Organic, sold in 32-ounce bottles.)
So go on and get your fixins. You can thank me on Monday.
Bourbon Cherry Lemonade
From "Real Cajun" by Donald Link
1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) Woodford Reserve or bourbon of your choice
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) sweet cherry juice
Lemonade, as needed
Bourbon-soaked maraschino cherry, for garnish (optional)
Fill a Collins glass (or comparably-sized glass) with crushed ice. Combine bourbon, cherry juice and crushed ice in a shaker. Shake vigorously, then strain into Collins glass. Top off with fresh lemonade and garnish with a cherry, if using.
Drink, rinse, repeat. (KOD: Those are my instructions!)
Makes 1 drink.
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