Cherry Bourbon Lemonade #SundaySupper

Shake up some Cherry Bourbon Lemonade and enjoy the rest of summer with this sweet-tart drink. 

Cherry Bourbon Lemonade #SundaySupper I wasn’t kidding when I said the other day I’m not ready to give up my summer fruit.  Another summer has passed us by and somehow I feel like I still haven’t made the most of it.  Why is it I only made it to the beach while on vacation but not at home? Or how about a trip to Eastern Long Island to visit the wineries?  Two summers in a row and I still never found the time!  Let’s also talk about the fact that cherries barely made an appearance in my house this summer!  Shameful!

Cherry Bourbon Lemonade #SundaySupper Since it seems like New York switched seasons on us a bit and gave a chilly August and now a hot Labor Day weekend, I’m just going to pretend that there is still time to squeeze in all that I’m meant to do. After all, summer isn’t actually over for a few more weeks! So yes, I’m going to continue to make my fruity cocktails and continue to say “hey let’s go to the beach”! Although in reality, only the cocktail will happen! 

Cherry Bourbon Lemonade #SundaySupper

Cherry Bourbon Lemonade #SundaySupper So how will you spend your Labor Day? Reminiscing about your summer or perhaps throwing or attending a backyard party? Whatever you end up doing #SundaySupper will take care of the food part and don’t forget to mix up a big batch of Cherry Bourbon Lemonade. 

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Cherry Bourbon Lemonade #SundaySupper
 
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Recipe type: Drinks
Ingredients
  • 1½oz simple syrup (see notes for recipe)
  • 1½oz fresh lemon juice - about 2 lemons
  • 1½oz bourbon
  • 4 fresh cherries, pitted and halved, plus extra for garnish
  • 3 dashes of bitters
  • sparkling water or club soda
  • ice
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice pour in the simple syrup, lemon juice and bourbon. Shake well.
  2. In a collins glass, add the cherries and bitters and muddle together just until the cherries start to release some juice.
  3. Fill the glass with ice and strain the cocktail from the shaker into the glass. Top with sparkling water or club soda.
  4. Garnish with additional cherries, a lemon slice and a twist of lemon peel.
Notes
To make simple syrup - in a small saucepan over medium heat, mix equal parts sugar and water until the sugar dissolves. For two cocktails ¼ cup sugar and water will provide enough syrup.

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32 Comments

  1. Thank you for participating this week! I must agree with you in that summer has passed us by too quickly this year. I bet you could walk into Macy’s right now and see Santa.

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  2. Such a pretty and tempting lemonade with cherries. I like the “layer” effect that you achieved in your pics. Hope mine will come as pretty as yours. =)

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    • It’s actually quite easy Helene! As long as you don’t stir the cocktail you’ll get the pretty layers! You’ll eventually want to mix the flavors but it’s great to present that way!

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  3. I never feel I take full advantage of summer. And enjoy fruity cocktails year round if you can! Bourbon and cherries, so my type of drink!

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  4. What a great cocktail! I love the cherries and the bitters you used. Sounds perfect!

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  5. I’m not ready to give up summer either… it was way too short! I feel like we really only had like 2 weeks of good summer weather before it sort of crapped out on us. I’m not a bourbon drinker, but I’m tempted to try this anyway… it looks great!

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    • It’s not too heavy on the bourbon, this could be the drink that converts you!

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      • I actually had a drink with bourbon last fall that had apple cider and lemon and I liked that a lot (of course it was a special and I could never find it again!). I think they key might be combining it with a sweet fruit.

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        • That’s basically how I feel about gin. If it’s mixed the right way I like it. Plain old gin and tonic, no thanks!

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  6. Such a lovely cocktail…I love the beautiful layers!

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  7. I completely missed cherry season. It’s such a short window in July for sour cherries, and I was gone on the weekends. I’m lucky I even got peaches this summer!

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  8. oh man this is exactly what I need in my life this weekend – love it Susan!

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  9. You are going to turn me into a bourbon drinker. I just know it. Cheers!

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  10. Oh, sweet AND tart, sounds fantastic!

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  11. I don’t have to give up summer yet. It’s a bajillion degrees here. Although this should make me feel better about it all. :D

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  12. Very pretty drink – perfect to serve at a party!

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  13. Fresh cherries… well, and bourbon, make everything better! Cheers to a prolonged Summer (I’m hanging on by my nails too! :-)

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  14. What a pretty cocktail . . . your photography is outstanding! Wish I was as good as you! Nice to ‘meet’ and follow you now as a result of #SS!

    Roz

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  15. This looks fantastic! Cherries and bourbon are such a great combination, how can you possibly go wrong? And your presentation is gorgeous! I was in New Orleans a few months ago and bought some Maker’s Mark cherries – like maraschino cherries only with bourbon! I think I will be making ice cream with them… :)

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  16. I love a good bourbon cocktail and this looks so refreshing and pretty! We are still on vacation until school starts on the 9th so, yes, it is still summer for us!

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  17. Oh cherries! *tear* I haven’t had nearly enough this year either. Maybe this drink could ease the pain. :)

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  18. Mmmm, this reminds me of a grown up version of the cherry lemonade I used to get at the mall as a kid at Hot Dog in a Stick! Yum!

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  19. These look so refreshing and delicious. I’m a sucker for any beverage with cherries in it!

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  20. “So yes, I’m going to continue to make my fruity cocktails and continue to say “hey let’s go to the beach”! Although in reality, only the cocktail will happen!” <– lol, THIS, Susan, is exactly why we'd be amazing friends in real life. I finally made it to the beach for the first time this summer on Saturday, but you'd better believe I'd do anything to make cocktails happen in my life. This cherry bourbon lemonade sounds incredible and your photos look awesome. Gawd, I'm feeling awfully parched right now (so what if it's 8:30 a.m.?!).

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  21. I know how you feel. Even though we did a pretty good job of making the most of summer, we still didn’t do enough! The drink looks great. We both really like bourbon drinks. :)

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  22. wow this looks good! I have a bunch of lemons languishing in the fridge (I know, shameful) … sounds like I need to make this!

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