Bourbon & Kirsch Cocktail

November 16, 2012

The Bourbon & Kirsch cocktail was inspired by the classic cherry bounce, a cocktail that goes as far back as George Washington. The cherry bounce is primarily cherries, sugar, and a spirit, such as brandy or whiskey, that have been combined and left to ferment for several months. Well, I didn’t want wait that long, so I used kirsch, a cherry-flavored brandy, in place of the cherries, and sweetened it with just a touch of sweet vermouth. The kirsch plays well with the bourbon and comes to the forefront. Lemon peel gives it that sexy-sort-of-cocktail-look and brightens the flavors with just a hint of citrus. If you don’t think you’re much of a bourbon or whiskey drinker, you might be surprised. Pour it over ice and get ready to say “wow!” Okay, so it’s not exactly a cherry bounce, but I think it just might happily tide you over in the meantime.

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Bourbon & Kirsch Cocktail Recipe

Serves 1


1 ounce (30 ml) bourbon or rye whisky
1/2 ounce (15 ml) sweet vermouth
1 ounce (30 ml) kirsch (cherry brandy)
1 generous piece of lemon peel


Add ice cubes to a tall glass. Add the bourbon, sweet vermouth, and kirsch. Stir for 10 seconds. Pour into a glass over ice. Add the lemon peel and serve.

Enjoy it with Truffled Mushroom Puffs with Herbed Goat Cheese.

A toast!

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Angela November 18, 2012 at 1:24 am

Its cold and wet and dark in the depths of Gloucestershire, UK. perfect weather for a reviver like this! I can taste the zing of the citrus and the sweetness of the cherries and the depths of the Bourbon just by reading about it. but I’d still rather be tasting it for real! I will definitely have a go and raise a glass to you!


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