Words by Simon Difford
Two cocktails are synonymous for their use of cherry brandy: Blood & Sand and Singapore Sling, and as illustrated by these two classics, cherry brandy combines well with both dark and white spirits (the former Scotch whisky and latter gin).
This rich dark cherry liqueur also features in numerous other classic and contemporary cocktails including these 20 favourites.
Blood & Sand (Difford's recipe)
With: Scotch whisky, Cherry Heering cherry brandy, sweet vermouth, blood orange juice and Islay single malt.
We say: The equal parts formula from the 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book is the accepted classic recipe but is perhaps a tad sweet. This formula with slightly increased Scotch and orange juice is dryer and fresher.
With: Tequila, Cherry Heering cherry brandy, rosso vermouth, orange juice and mezcal.
We say: An agave-influenced riff on a Blood & Sand.
With: Cognac, Cherry Heering cherry brandy, Angostura bitters, Boker's Bitters and brut champagne.
We say: Reminiscent of a classic champagne cocktail with cognac, champagne and zesty orange flavours dominating. It's surprising how little cherry brandy notes are evident in the finished drink given the recipe calls for a whole shot.
With: Aged rum, Cherry Heering cherry brandy, lemon juice, pine grapefruit juice and sugar syrup.
We say: Like its creator, this drink is hard to classify. A hint of Singapore Sling oriental cherry with some Cuban Daiquiri aged rum and a splash of grapefruit sourness.
With: Luxardo Sour cherry gin, white crème de menthe, Cherry Heering cherry brandy, lemon juice and chocolate bitters.
We say: We do like a pun, especially a tasty pun. Sweet and sour cherry fortified with gin notes and delicate notes of mint and chocolate.
With: Genever, Cherry Heering cherry brandy, lime juice, sugar syrup and Angostura Bitters.
We say: Bready notes in the genever combine with the cherry brandy and lime juice to produce a complex bittersweet jammy cocktail.
With: Tequila, Cherry Heering cherry brandy, Aperol, lemon juice and mezcal.
We say: A perfect aperitivo cocktail.
Fog Cutter (Bramble-style)
With: Light rum, cognac, dry gin, lime juice, sugar syrup and Cherry Heering cherry brandy.
We say: A drizzle of cherry brandy finishes this tropical classic.
With: Islay mat whisky, Scotch whisky, Cherry Heering cherry brandy, sugar syrup and egg yolk.
We say: Islay malt adds a touch of smokiness to this appropriately named cherry flip.
With: Bourbon, cherry brandy liqueur, maraschino liqueur, and orange bitters.We say: An after-dinner cocktail with spirituous bourbon, sweetened and mellowed by rich cherry.
With: Cognac, Grand Marnier, dry vermouth, Cherry Heering cherry brandy, and maraschino liqueur.
We say: Spiritous and richly fruity with orange and cherry combining harmoniously with cognac.
With: Rye whiskey, Yellow Chartreuse, Cherry Heering cherry brandy and Fernet Branca.
We say: Fernet Branca adds an almost smoky note to the rye, Yellow Chartreuse and cherry brandy combo. A great bittersweet after-dinner digestif.
Myrtle Bank Special
With: Pot still Jamaican rum, lime juice, Cherry Heering cherry brandy and sugar syrup.
We say: A rich fruity Daiquiri with tangy molasses.
With: Scotch whisky, Cherry Heering cherry brandy, white crème de cacao, dry vermouth and orange bitters.
We say: This after-dinner cocktail wavers on the side of balanced.
With: Cherry Heering cherry brandy, fino sherry, maraschino liqueur, amaro and orange bitters.
We say: Sweet and sour with delicate bitterness and a complex cherry flavour.
Perfectly Straight Blood & Sand
With: Scotch whisky, Islay single malt, Cherry Heering cherry brandy, kirsch eau-de-vie, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth and orange juice.
We say: I'm usually a maximum of five ingredients in a cocktail kind-a-guy but this Blood & Sand riff with seven ingredients is balanced and tasty.
Singapore Sling (Dale DeGroff's recipe)
With: Dry gin, Cherry Heering cherry brandy, Benedictine DOM, triple sec, pineapple juice, lime juice, grenadine and Angostura bitters.
We say: Beautifully balanced, fruity with just enough gin to add a spirituous bite.
With: Aged rum, Cherry Heering cherry brandy, chocolate bitters and Angostura bitters.
We say: Cherry red, spirit-forward and dangerously quaffable.
Velasco & Sand
With: Mezcal, Cherry Heering cherry brandy, rosso vermouth and orange juice.
We say: Mezcal adds a faintly smoky notes to this riff on the classic Blood and Sand.
With: Gin, cherry brandy, Yellow Chartreuse, and Abbotts bitters.
We say: A couple of dashes of bitters adds balance and complexity to this herbal gin-laced cherry-flavoured after-dinner cocktail.
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