Signature
Marisa Chafetz / Supercall

Whiskey • Dry
Slumber Queen

Cheerwine and bourbon are both Southern staples—and, as this cocktail proves, they work well when mixed together, too. Just ask Trace Conway, general manager of Charleston, South Carolina farm-to-table restaurant Butcher & Bee, who decided to infuse a very classic cocktail with the cherry-flavored soda. “Bourbon and cherries go hand in hand—think about a classic Old Fashioned, which is what we based our cocktail [Slumber Queen] on,” Conway says. “We chose Virgil Kaine Bourbon as it is also a local product and the best bourbon in Charleston." Conway reduces Cheerwine with sugar and baking spices to create a tangy syrup that’s similar in flavor to Cherry Heering. If you don’t have Virgil Kaine, this cocktail will taste great with the bourbon or rye of your choice.

The Essentials

Bourbon
Cheerwine Syrup
Angostura Bitters
Bar Spoon
The Details
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Ingredients

2 oz Virgil Kaine Rip-Track Bourbon
.5 oz Cheerwine Syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
lemon twist, for garnish

Method

  • Add all ingredients, save for the garnish, to a mixing glass with ice.
  • Stir and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.
  • Express a lemon twist over the cocktail and drop in as a garnish.
intermediate
Strength:
Cheerwine Syrup
Custom Ingredient

Ingredients

4 12-oz bottles Cheerwine
2 Bar Spoons Allspice
1 bar spoon Cloves
6 Star anise pods
16 oz sugar

Method

  • Add Cheerwine and spices to a saucepan, and bring to a boil.
  • Lower to a simmer until reduced by half, about 20 minutes.
  • Add sugar and stir until dissolved to a simple syrup.