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Black Cherry Bourbon Cola Cocktail Recipe

This black cherry bourbon cola smash cocktail is perfect for hot summer evenings: super-refreshing, simple, a little sweet, and popular with everyone.

Cherries and cola are a proven match (although I don’t actually like Cherry Cola) – add Bourbon and a splash of Cherry Brandy and you are on to a real winner. If you don’t happen to have the cherry brandy, the cocktail works well without it too. And if you find cola a little too sweet, you can use soda water or ginger beer to top up instead. This works well as a party drink too – double or triple the quantities and make a big jug to serve a crowd. Don’t add the ice until the last minute however, otherwise the cocktail will be too diluted.

Heres a simple recipe you could try.


  • 4 ripe black cherries, pitted
  • 60ml | 2oz bourbon
  • 30ml | 1oz cherry brandy
  • Juice of half a lime plus wedges to serve
  • cold cola to top up (or ginger beer, soda water)


  1. Put the cherries, bourbon, cherry brandy and lime juice in your cocktail shaker (or a large glass will do). Muddle the cherries with a muddling spoon or the end of a rolling pin.
  2. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 30 seconds.
  3. Fill two rocks glasses with plenty of ice. Strain the cocktail over the ice, dividing between the glasses.
  4. Top up with cola and serve with a wedge of lime. Serve immediately.
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