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Saturday, August 24, 2013

"Big House" Cherry Bourbon Sour

"Big House" Cherry Bourbon Sour |
Did you know that tomorrow (August 25th) is National Whiskey Sour Day?  True story.  But since I already have a delicious post coming your way, I decided that I needed to start celebrating a day in advance.  Yes, needed.  Ah, the things I'll do to honor a day for honoring booze...

And not just that.  I'm shaking things up a bit in the process {pun intended}.  In the form of cherries.  Mmm-hmm, the #10lbCherryChallenge wages on!
"Big House" Cherry Bourbon Sour |
I had a bunch of cherries that I knew were just begging for a Bourbon bath.  Psssh.  You can hardly blame them.  I know several people who wouldn't mind a Bourbon bath.  So I pitted enough cherries to fill a jar, and then I added enough Big House Bourbon to cover.

There's not really a specific recipe, or even ratio.  Basically, just be sure your cherries are completely submerged.  Put on the lid and refrigerate for a week.  At this point, you can pop a drunken cherry in your mouth.  IF you like being slapped in the face, that is.  Because they do that.  They slap you in the face.  And they're really strong.

So really, just strain your cherries out.  Go ahead and keep them in a separate jar.  Store your Cherry Bourbon in the fridge.  Take it out to make cherry-tinged Bourbon cocktails.  Or add simple syrup, to taste, and turn it into a liqueur.  That's good stuff, baby.
"Big House" Cherry Bourbon Sour |
As for the cherries, I'd go ahead and cover those in:

          a) the aforementioned Cherry Liqueur
          b) simple syrup

Store them in the fridge and eat them with a spoon every time you pass by over ice cream, with crepes, on a flourless chocolate cake.  Or something like that.  If you're going to make the liqueur, pull out 2 ounces of cherry-tinged Bourbon to make one of these cocktails first.

Cherry Bourbon Sour

yield: 1 cocktail

2 ounces Cherry-tinged Big House Bourbon (see above)
1.5 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup, or to taste

Fill a glass with ice and pour in the bourbon, then the lemon juice, then the simple syrup.  Throw a couple of extra drunken cherries in as garnish.

Enjoy National Whiskey Sour Day!
"Big House" Cherry Bourbon Sour |
I received a bottle of Big House Bourbon at no charge.  I received no monetary compensation for this post, and all opinions stated within are my own.