Bourbon Cherry Smash

Bourbon Cherry Smash

Love the flavor of cherries and bourbon together. Get some fantastic natural maraschino cherries for this cocktail and soak them ahead of time. The bing cherries taste just like maraschino cherries but don’t have all the nasty dyes. A bourbon cocktail with the wonderful flavors of cherry and brightened up with meyer lemon simple syrup! Another MogoBlog MogoLicious recipe.

Ingredients for Bourbon Cherry Smash:

  • 8 oz. good quality bourbon, plus more to soak cherries
  • Good quality pitted cherries
  • Ice

Ingredients for Lemon Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Meyer lemon, zested and juiced
  • Added water to make half cup of liquid with the lemon juice


  1. Drain off half the juice the cherries are in and add bourbon, let sit for at least one week. Longer the better as the bourbon will be more infused into the cherries.
  2. When the cherries are ready, make a simple syrup with the sugar, lemon juice, water and zest. Heat in a small saucepan until simmering and sugar has dissolved. Strain, set aside to cool.
  3. To make one cocktail, take two cherries and remove the stems. Smash them into the bottom of a glass. Fill with desired amount of ice. Add 2 oz. bourbon and 1 oz. lemon simple syrup. Stir and serve with an additional infused cherry.

Yields:  4 servings


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