Bourbon Cherry Vanilla Coke

by James Stevenson

The recipe today is inspired by a drink that was my childhood favorite. I love cherry coke and it’s probably no surprise that it was my favorite treat as a child. In this version I have kicked it up a notch with bourbon, vanilla, and fresh cherries.

There is something so fabulous about using fresh cherries to make a cherry coke. They bring a fresh and amazing flavor to this cocktail. The vanilla bean adds a hint of spice that corresponds with the bourbon and creates a spicy flavor profile. The coke pulls everything in this cocktail together and gives the drink a refreshing component that will leave you asking for seconds.

I used a local Seattle bourbon to spike this cherry coke called Batch 206 Barrel Raider Bourbon. This bourbon is amazing and takes this cherry coke to a whole new level. I can’t get enough of this cocktail and will continue to make it all summer or until the cherries run out! Cheers to cherries!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces of Batch 206 Barrel Raider Bourbon
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 4 pitted cherries
  • 3 ounces of coke
  • 1/2 cup of ice

Garnish: Cherries

Instructions:

  1. Fill a metal shaker with bourbon, cherries, and vanilla
  2. Muddle mixture then add ½ cup of ice
  3. Shake mixture until it is mixed and chilled
  4. Pour mixture into serving glass and top off with coke
  5. Garnish cocktail with cherries

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