Bourbon-Cherry Seltzers

Bourbon-Cherry Seltzers

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From the EatingWell Kitchen

Homemade cherry-infused bourbon (or rum) is the base for this adult seltzer. The bourbon syrup from the cherries is sweet, but if you like a sweeter cocktail, use ginger ale in place of the seltzer.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 cup bourbon, such as Maker's Mark, or dark rum
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups whole fresh cherries, stems left on
  • 16 ounces (2 cups) seltzer water


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  1. Microwave bourbon (or rum) and brown sugar in a microwave-safe dish until hot, about 1 minute. (Alternatively, heat in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until hot.) Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Pack cherries into a small jar and pour the hot liquid over them; gently press on the cherries to make sure they are submerged. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 week or up to 1 month.
  2. To prepare seltzers: Fill four 12-ounce rocks glasses with ice, add 1½ ounces (3 tablespoons) cherry-infused bourbon (or rum) to each glass and top with about 4 ounces ( ½ cup) seltzer each. Garnish with 2 or 3 whole Bourbon Cherries. (Refrigerate the remaining Bourbon Cherries for up to 1 month.)
  • Make Ahead Tip: Store the bourbon cherries (Step 1) in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 cocktail
  • Per serving: 219 calories; 0 g fat(0 g sat); 0 g fiber; 32 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 30 g sugars; 40 g added sugars; 210 IU vitamin A; 4 mg vitamin C; 27 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 10 mg sodium; 57 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 3½ other carbohydrate

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