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.

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25 mins
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  • 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.

  • To prepare seltzers: Fill four 12-ounce rocks glasses with ice, add 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) cherry-infused bourbon (or rum) to each glass and top with about 4 ounces (1/2 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 Facts

219 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 31.5g 10% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiberg; sugars 30.1g; fat 0.1g; saturated fatg; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 210IU 4% DV; vitamin c 3.7mg 6% DV; folate 0.3mcg; calcium 27mg 3% DV; iron 0.3mg 2% DV; magnesium 4.5mg 2% DV; potassium 56.5mg 2% DV; sodium 9.5mg; thiaminmg 1% DV; added sugar 40g.