It’s cherry season! I love going to market and finding baskets of deep, red cherries. I’ll occasionally pop a few in my mouth as I visit the other market stalls. Their sweetness reminding me of lazy summer afternoons.
Since it’s finally Friday, I’m thinking we should kick-off the weekend with those gorgeous red cherries in this Cherry Brandy Old-Fashioned. Traditionally the old-fashioned is made with whiskey, but this version offers a smoother and sweeter finish.
1 maraschino cherry
1 teaspoon bitters
1/2 teaspoon chopped crystallized ginger
1/3 cup ice cubes
1/3 cup ginger ale, chilled
1-1/2 ounces brandy
1/2 to 1 ounce maraschino cherry juice
Maraschino cherry with a stem, optional
In a rocks glass, muddle the cherry, bitters and ginger. Add ice. Pour in the ginger ale, brand and cherry juice. Garnish with a cherry if desired.
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