A Fresh Cherry Sidecar

Yields 1

Prep Time 30 min

Cook Time 20 min

Total Time 50 mins

This cocktail is filled with the flavor is fresh cherries and is just gorgeous to boot!


    For the Cherry Brandy

    • 1 pound fresh sweet cherries, pitted and halved. Save some pits for the infusion.
    • 1 pint bottle brandy

    For the Cherry Syrup

    • 1 pound fresh sweet cherries, pitted
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 cup water

    For the Cocktail

    • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
    • Sugar for the rim
    • Fresh lime slices and maraschino cherries for garnish


      To Make the Cherry Brandy:

      1. Combine the pitted and halved cherries and the brandy in a container. Several recipes I read for making the cherry liqueur indicate adding some of the pits as well so I put in a couple of tablespoons of them too.
      2. Cover and keep in a cool place for at least 5 days.

      To Make the Cherry Syrup:

      1. Combine the cherries, sugar and water in a medium saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
      2. Add the mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the syrup through a strainer and remove the solids. Put into a container and store in the refrigerator.

      To Make the Cocktail:

      1. Rub the rim of your glass with a lime slice and dip it into sugar. Put the glasses into the refrigerator or freezer to chill.
      2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and for each cocktail add 1 & 1/2 oz of the cherry brandy, 1/2 oz of the cherry syrup and 1/2 oz of freshly squeezed lime juice.
      3. Shake vigorously 10-15 times.
      4. Fill the chilled glasses with ice and pour the cocktail into the glass.
      5. Garnish with a lime slice and maraschino cherry.

      Recipe Notes

      Prep time includes the time to pit the cherries. I use a cherry pitter; it still takes some time but does make much quicker work of the process.

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