Cheerwine Bourbon Cocktail

by James Stevenson

The recipe today includes my all time favorite drink Cheerwine! Cheerwine is a soft drink born out of North Carolina and it is so tasty. As a child I loved this drink and now having moved to various places it can be hard to find! This soft drink has a cult following in North Carolina.

, Cheerwine Bourbon Cocktail

The name Cheerwine also makes me really happy because what other non-alcoholic drink is named Cheerwine! I would say that Cheerwine is a cross between Dr. Pepper and cherry coke. In this recipe I added some vanilla bean and bourbon, which is the perfect combination. One of my favorite things to use is a vanilla bean paste it takes away the hassle of having to scrape the whole vanilla beans for their seeds. Let’s celebrate North Carolina and Bourbon with this fun drink!

, Cheerwine Bourbon Cocktail


  • 3 ounces of bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 cup of ice
  • top of with Cheerwine

Garnish: lime slices


  1. Fill a metal shaker with bourbon, vanilla paste, and lime juice
  2. Shake mixture then add 1 cup of ice
  3. Divide mixture into serving glass and top off with Cheerwine
  4. Garnish cocktail with lime slices

Yields: 2 servings

, Cheerwine Bourbon Cocktail


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