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Cherry Bourbon Smash

cherry bourbon smash

This is one of the drinks that I absolutely love, the Cherry Bourbon Smash. It’s a delicious cocktail that’s a bit sweet, a bit sour, and totally refreshing. Made with ripe cherries, zesty lemon, a touch of simple syrup, and, of course, smooth bourbon, it’s a hit at any gathering. Whether you’re chilling at home or throwing a party, this drink is sure to impress.

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Tasting Notes

The Cherry Bourbon Smash has a wonderful balance of flavors. You’ll first taste the sweet and tartness of the cherries and lemon, which then smoothly transitions into the warm and rich taste of bourbon. The simple syrup ties it all together with a hint of sweetness, making every sip just perfect.

Equipment and Glassware

To make this cocktail, you’ll need a cocktail shaker, a muddler to smash the cherries and lemon to release their flavors, and a strainer. For glassware, a rocks glass is ideal. It’s sturdy and the perfect size to enjoy your cocktail.


  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 4 ripe cherries, pitted
  • Half a lemon, cut into wedges
  • Extra cherry and lemon for garnish (optional)


  1. In your cocktail shaker, muddle the cherries and lemon wedges with the simple syrup to release their juices and flavors.
  2. Add the bourbon and a handful of ice cubes.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is chilled.
  4. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with an extra cherry and a lemon if you like.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh cherries for the best flavor. Frozen cherries can work too, just make sure they’re thawed.
  • If you find the drink too tart or too sweet, adjust the amount of simple syrup or lemon to suit your taste.
  • Experiment with different types of whiskey to find your favorite flavor combination.
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When to Serve

This cocktail is great for summer parties, barbecues, or any time you want a refreshing and flavorful drink. It’s also a fabulous choice for a cozy night in or a romantic dinner.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

For this drink, a smooth and versatile bourbon works best. Brands like Buffalo Trace, Maker’s Mark, or Bulleit offer great quality that complements the other ingredients nicely.

Similar Cocktails

If you love the Cherry Whiskey Smash, here are five similar cocktails you might enjoy:

  1. Peach Whiskey Smash: Mixes sweet Southern charm with a bit of punch.
  2. Anejo Old Fashioned: A fantastic blend of tradition and modern flair.
  3. Mint Julep: A mix of minty freshness and the smooth kick of bourbon.
  4. Manhattan: Made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and a dash of bitters.
  5. Pomegranate Whiskey Smash: Whiskey mixed with sweet and slightly tangy pomegranate.


The Whiskey Smash is a classic cocktail that dates back to the 19th century. It belongs to the “smash” family of cocktails, which are characterized by muddling fruit and herbs to release their flavors. The Cherry Bourbon Smash is a delicious twist on the traditional recipe, adding sweet cherries to the mix.


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Yes! While cherries are traditional, you can experiment with other fruits like peaches or blackberries.

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Fresh lemon juice is best for flavor, but if you’re in a pinch, bottled lemon juice can work too.

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cherry bourbon smash

Cherry Whiskey Smash

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 1 vote
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry, whiskey smash
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
A vibrant cherry bourbon smash, blending cherry, bourbon, and lemon, lively and rich.


  • 2 oz whiskey
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 4 ripe cherries pitted
  • Half a lemon cut into wedges
  • Extra cherry and lemon twist for garnish optional


  • In your cocktail shaker, muddle the cherries and lemon wedges with the simple syrup to release their juices and flavors.
  • Add the whiskey and a handful of ice cubes.
  • Shake well until the mixture is chilled.
  • Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish with an extra cherry and a lemon twist if you like.
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Cherry Bourbon Smash
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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