Cherries are a summertime staple. They arrive alongside other stone fruit, like peaches, plums, and nectarines, and come in several varieties, from deep red Bing cherries to yellow-tinged Rainiers. They’re a fixture of summer baking, from Cherry Pie to Cherry Cobbler, to our no-bake Cherries-and-Cream Icebox Cake. But they’re also a tasty addition to cocktails, whether fresh or jarred, like Luxardo cherries. Beyond just a garnish, cherry juice, soda, and bitters can are all used by bartenders (and you at home) to infuse a drink with sweet and tart cherry flavor. Don’t just take our word for it, bring out the cocktail shaker and start mixing up one of these refreshing cherry cocktails yourself.
A spiked limeade is exactly what you’ll want to be sipping on this summer. Equal parts refreshing and sweet, the tangy fresh lime juice in this cocktail is tamed by the sweetness of the maraschino cherry juice.
Cheerwine, the South’s own cherry-flavored soft drink, is blended with bourbon and cherry bitters, before being topped with fresh or maraschino cherries for a drink practically spilling with cherry flavor.
You don’t have to be a professional mixologist to pull off this cherry-topped drink. Simply pour orange juice and tequila into a chilled highball glass with ice and then drizzle grenadine syrup down the side of the glass for a layered look. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice, and enjoy!
Beyond being one of the most influential 20th-century authors, Ernest Hemingway was also known for his bar hopping habits, including his now famous daiquiri variation, which includes just a touch of maraschino liqueur. If you prefer your cocktails on the stiff-side, just like the writer, then this is the drink for you.
This colorful brunch cocktail contains all the colors of a sunrise thanks to its blend of orange juice, tequila, and bright-red grenadine. Finish it with a cherry on top, and you have a well balanced cocktail that equal parts tart and sweet.
There’s nothing wrong with a sweet cocktail, especially if you haven’t acquired a taste for whiskey quite yet. For this sweeter take on a Classic Old Fashioned we make a Sweet Citrus Syrup using maraschino cherry juice, and garnish the drink with a cherry too.
This classic rum cocktail became popular at Pat O’Brien’s bar in 1940s New Orleans and got its name thanks to the hurricane lamp-shaped glasses that the first drinks were served in. Aside from two types of rum, it contains fresh orange, lime, and passion fruit juice, plus Luxardo cherries and their syrup.
We all remember sipping on a Shirley Temple as kids, which is why we developed an adult version of the classic with an added splash of vodka. The liquor adds more than just alcohol, it also helps balance the sweetness of the mareschino cherries.