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.
2 oz Virgil Kaine Rip-Track Bourbon
.5 oz Cheerwine Syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
lemon twist, for garnish
4 12-oz bottles Cheerwine
2 Bar Spoons Allspice
1 bar spoon Cloves
6 Star anise pods
16 oz sugar
- 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.