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Bourbon-Cherry Seltzers

May/June 2010

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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.


Bourbon-Cherry Seltzers Recipe

Makes: 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup bourbon, such as Maker’s Mark, or dark rum
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups whole fresh cherries, stems left on
  • 16 ounces (2 cups) seltzer water

Preparation

  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 11/2 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.)

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Store the bourbon cherries (Step 1) in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Nutrition

Per serving: 334 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 53 g carbohydrates; 40 g added sugars; 1 g protein; 2 g fiber; 12 mg sodium; 227 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 3 1/2

Exchanges: 3 1/2 carbohydrate (other)


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Ease of Preparation
Easy
Total Time
More than 1 hour
Servings
4
Preparation/ Technique
Marinate/Rub
Microwave
Type of Dish
Beverages, alcoholic
Ethnic/Regional
American
Meal/Course
Appetizers
Season
Spring
Summer
Health & Diet Considerations
Gluten free
Publication
May/June 2010

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