The first time we did this recipe, we took a sip of the final product and thought to ourselves: Why have we never done this before? Yes, cherry soaked bourbon, or bourbon soaked cherries, is so delicious that the idea of even adding a mixer seems upsetting. Bonus(!) is that you get those nice booze soaked cherries too- versatile, delicious, but still a little tart (that glass of diet coke just got a lot more exciting ).
As summer comes to a close, the easiest way to find cherries is in the frozen foods aisle. Not so bad though, considering they're already pitted. Be sure to not use Moschino cherries, as those have already lost their stiff texture and often come with added sugar.
As far as bourbon is concerned, we recommend to steer clear of those bottom shelf brands. Even though the bourbon is being infused with the sweet and tangy cherry flavors, having a smoother starting point will pay off in the end. Yet, we know what it's like to be on a budget, so sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do (we're lookin' at you, Jim Beam).
The process is so simple, so quick, and so so tasty. Enjoy!
1 bottle of bourbon whiskey (you're choice, we chose to use Marker's Mark)
About 1 to 2 cups of pitted cherries
Honey, or an alternative sweetener, to taste
1. Pour the bourbon into a sauce pan with your sugar of choice, to dilute the mixture. You don't need to keep a boil, just enough heat to combine the elements.
2. Place the cherries in an airtight container, such as a mason jar.
3. Pour the bourbon mixture over the cherries.
4. Close the container, and then wait anywhere from 10 to 24 hours before enjoying your bourbon. However, the longer it marinates the better, so even a few days would be good.