Cherry Smash {a cherry bourbon cocktail}

A cherry bourbon cocktail has been on my list of drinks to make for years now. For some reason, it just now happened. But that’s okay. It was worth the wait. And apparently I’ve been making up for last time with this one since I’ve already more than my fair share of them in the last week.

Cherry Smash : a cherry bourbon cocktail :

Obviously I started with cherries and bourbon for this drink. Lemon was natural choice for citrus. For the rest of the drink it took me a few tries to figure out what I wanted to do. I started with just Yellow Chartreuse but the drink was lacking. The addition of orange bitters helped slightly but I still didn’t feel like it was right.

Cherry Smash : a cherry bourbon cocktail recipe :

For the remake, I skipped the bitters, lowered the Yellow Chartreuse and added Amaro CioCiaro. The combination of amaro and cherries sounded so good and it turned out to be a good decision. The amaro brings in bittersweet notes while the Yellow Chartreuse adds sweet, herbal flavor.

cherry bourbon cocktail :

And note to self… don’t try and name a cherry bourbon cocktail after consuming a few of them. All of the names will end up inappropriate and in the end you’ll go with something super lame like Cherry Smash. Oh well. At least it tastes great.

Cherry Smash
Cherries and bourbon unite in this beautiful cocktail.
Serves: 1
  • 6 cherries, stems removed and pitted
  • 2 ounces bourbon (I used Angel's Envy)
  • ½ ounce Amaro Cio Ciaro
  • ¼ ounce Yellow Chartreuse
  • ½ ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Orange peel for garnish
  1. Place cherries in a cocktail shaker and muddle.
  2. Add remaining ingredients except for garnish to shaker and fill with ice.
  3. Shake and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with an orange peel after expressing the oil over the drink and rubbing around the rim of the glass.

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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. Outside of the internet, she works at DEATH & TAXES (a bar) and midtown eats (a restaurant) in Reno, Nevada. When not working, Jessica can be found working out, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.
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