I love a good Old Fashioned cocktail. And not just because it’s delicious — it’s also hella simple and quick to make, which is great when you’re entertaining or just don’t feel like doing any more dishes. (I mean, you don’t even need a shaker or strainer to make one!)
The other thing I love? Red tart cherry juice. And not just because it’s good for you — it also tastes, at least to me, like cherry pie.
AND I LOVE CHERRY PIE.
So the evening that I thought to myself, huh, I wonder what would happen if I made a version of an Old Fashioned with tart cherry juice?
Well, guys, it turned out really well. It’s still hella simple and quick to make, too!
Old Fashioned Cherry Pie Cocktail Recipe
2 ounces 100 percent red tart cherry juice (no added sugar)
1 1/2 ounces bourbon (It’s really good with Bookers!)
2-3 dashes bitters
1 cherry to garnish, optional
Mix it all together. Throw in a big ice cube, garnish with a cherry (if you’re into that sort of thing) and DONE!
See? SO simple. And really tasty! It’s got a little sweetness from the cherries but it’s still plenty dry — and the cherries really bring out more vanilla and fruit flavors from the bourbon. (If you tend to like your cocktails sweeter, just up the cherry juice or add a little simple syrup.)
Ever stumbled upon your own delicious cocktail? What was it? This is definitely giving my Paloma recipe a run for its money, especially when it’s cool out. —Jenn