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Make your own cherry-infused bourbon with this easy and simple process. A great gift idea, cocktail ingredient, and treat for bourbon lovers.

I started out this recipe with the intention of making those cute little cocktail bourbon cherries that you can grab for craft cocktails for $15 a jar. Whoa! But quickly turned into an even better and more delicious craft cocktail treat… cherry bourbon. I am soooo not sorry for the little turn we took in this recipe.

Make your own cherry-infused bourbon with this easy and simple process. A great gift idea, cocktail ingredient, and treat for bourbon lovers.

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I am always looking for any which way to use this beautiful fruit while it is in season. The cherries are sweet, beautiful, and plump. Yum! However, if you haven’t ever pitted cherries, you are in for a surprise. Be sure to get your kids involved, with aprons on for sure! It is a messy process and will leave some of your table, bowls, and fingers looking like a homicide just occurred. Kids will love it!

Make your own cherry-infused bourbon with this easy and simple process. A great gift idea, cocktail ingredient, and treat for bourbon lovers.

I made my cherry bourbon in small batches so that I could open only a jar as needed. I made 6-8oz jars for my first batch and totally wish I doubled it. Sooooo good!

Make your own cherry-infused bourbon with this easy and simple process. A great gift idea, cocktail ingredient, and treat for bourbon lovers.

A funnel is a must-have for loading your jars up cleanly and easily.

Make your own cherry-infused bourbon with this easy and simple process. A great gift idea, cocktail ingredient, and treat for bourbon lovers.

All pretty and filled with simple syrup, cherries, and vanilla powder.

Make your own cherry-infused bourbon with this easy and simple process. A great gift idea, cocktail ingredient, and treat for bourbon lovers.

Close the jar after adding the warm simple syrup to soften the cherries from the steam before adding the bourbon.

Make your own cherry-infused bourbon with this easy and simple process. A great gift idea, cocktail ingredient, and treat for bourbon lovers.

This first batch I used an inexpensive bourbon and it was still amazingly good. Next time, you can be sure I’ll use some spendier bourbon and set those aside for a special day. Can’t wait!

Now, the question is what to use this bourbon for. My absolute favorite thing to use it in is my cherry bourbon smash.

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Bourbon Cherry Smash Cocktail

An easy and crazy refreshing cherry smash cocktail!

Servings 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 5 cherries
  • 1 oz bourbon (best if cherries were soaked in for a couple days!)
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • cherry 7-up OR cherry seltzer

Instructions

  1. Muddle the cherries.

  2. Fill a glass with ice. Combine the cherries, bourbon, and simple syrup in a shaker filled with ice. Pour over ice.

  3. Top with cherry seltzer or cherry 7-Up.

If you’re not a fan of that, you could always put a some of the cherry bourbon into a glass of coke and have a cherry bourbon coke. Or just use it wherever you would normally use bourbon, and give it a delicious fruity twist!

 

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