Cherry Brandy Cocktails - 20 best
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 features in numerous other classic and contemporary cocktails including these 20 favourites.
With: Aged rum, fino sherry, Cherry Herring cherry brandy, Angostura Bitters and orange bitters.
We say: Judicious dashing of orange bitters and hitting the correct dilution will make or break this drink, which is a fine balance between aged rum and rich cherry liqueur versus dry fino sherry and aromatic bitters.
Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
With: Dry gin, absinthe, maraschino liqueur, Cherry Heering cherry brandy, Campari, grapefruit juice and sugar syrup.
We say: Absinthe and gin delicately lead this subtle cherry-flavoured cocktail.
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: 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: Scotch whisky, lemon juice, blood orange juice, Benedictine and Cherry Heering cherry brandy.
We say: Reminiscent of a Blood and Sand with Benedictine and lemon juice replacing sweet vermouth.
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 Tiki 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: 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.
Remember the Maine
With: Absinthe, bourbon, Cherry Heering cherry brandy and sweet vermouth.
We say: Charles H. Baker says of this twist on a Sazerac, "Treat this one with the respect it deserves, gentleman."
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.