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Summer Bourbon-Cherry Fizz

Servings: 8

The raisiny flavor of an ancho chile gives a lovely base note to this drink, bringing together the cherries and the bourbon. The addition of the vitamin C tablet keeps the cherry juice brighter in color, but feel free to omit it if you don’t have one on hand.


For the cherry purée

  • 1 dried ancho chile (about 1/2 oz.)
  • 10 oz. sweet red cherries, stemmed and pitted (about 2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice (from about 2 limes)
  • 1 500-mg unflavored vitamin C tablet, crushed to a powder with back of a spoon, or 1/4 tsp. ascorbic acid (optional)

For serving

  • 2 cups bourbon
  • 1/2 cup kirsch
  • 2 12-oz. bottles black cherry soda
  • 8 cherries with stems, for garnish

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 250
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 0
  • Fat (g): 0
  • Saturated Fat (g): 0
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 15
  • Carbohydrates (g): 26
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Sugar (g): 22
  • Protein (g): 1


Make the cherry purée

Stem and seed the chile, and soak it in 1-1/2 cups cold water to cover in a small bowl until softened, about 20 minutes. Coarsely chop the soaked chile, and put in a blender with 1/2 cup of the soaking water, the cherries, lime juice, and vitamin C tablet, if using. Blend until the cherries liquefy and the chile is blended, about 30 seconds. Pour the liquid into a fine-mesh strainer set over a 2-cup liquid measure. Press hard on the solids with the back of a spoon, and then discard them. (The purée can be made up to 1 day ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.)

To make individual drinks

  • Fill a tall 12- to 14-oz. glass with ice, and add 1/4 cup of the bourbon, 1/4 cup of the cherry purée, and 1 Tbs. of the kirsch. Top with about 3 oz. (about 1/3 cup) of the soda, and stir to combine. Garnish with a cherry, and serve.

To make a pitcher

  • In a pitcher, stir together the cherry purée, bourbon, and kirsch. Refrigerate if not serving right away. Add the soda just before serving. Divide among eight tall 12- to 14-oz. glasses filled with ice. Garnish each with a cherry and serve.


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