Popular Whiskey Cocktails: Sour Cherry Old-Fashioned

Grand River Baby Whiskey

Get whisked away by a refreshing cocktail made with whiskey or bourbon.

The alcohol works in summery cocktails such as the classic mint julep, or in more autumnal fare such as the maple bourbon cocktail.

The punch of sour cherries counters the rich oak flavor from the whiskey. Bursting with sweet syrup, sour cherries impart a vivid fruit flavor to this retro-style cocktail. Curls of lemon zest add a bit of zing to the whiskey's hints of rich oak.

Try this delcious cocktail with a local whiskey such as, Grand River Baby Whiskey from Grand River Spirits. We carry all of their tasty spirits including: Red Eye Moonshine, Red Eye Pie Moonshine, Red Eye Hot Moonshine, Grand River Baby Whiskey, and Grand River Baby Bourbon.

24 frozen sour cherries
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup Grand River Baby Whiskey
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons kirsch
Thin lemon-zest strips (from 1 lemon)


Step 1

Place cherries in a heatproof bowl. Stir water and sugar in small saucepan to dissolve sugar. Bring to a boil, and pour over cherries. Let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Step 2

Drain cherries, reserving syrup. Thread 4 cherries onto each of 6 skewers. Make 3 drinks at a time: Pour 6 tablespoons whiskey, 3 tablespoons kirsch, and 4 1/2 teaspoons reserved syrup in a cocktail shaker 3/4 filled with ice. Shake and pour into chilled glasses. Garnish each with a skewer and 2 to 3 strips lemon zest. Repeat for the second batch.