If you are a fan of Cheerwine and a fan of bourbon, this cocktail will change your life.
I must share a snippet I read from another blogger, Lisa Fame, regarding the "cocktail of Southerners" she first came across at the Tupelo Honey Cafe in Asheville, NC. This is how she described her first taste of bourbon & cheerwine:
The first sip was a burst of flavor, a sensation of icy cold, sweet, along with slight hint of cypress and an oakey finish....After I read this, I just had to watch the part of Gone with the Wind when Rhett delivers his famous line! Click here for the YouTube video.
Had Scarlett O’Hara had Cheerwine and Bourbon, she’d have been the one looking at Rhett and telling him she didn’t give a damn. But, she wasn’t.
I suggest you get yourself to the local ABC store, pick up a bottle of Maker”s Mark and then hie yourself over to the nearest Piggly Wiggly and grab a 2 liter Cheerwine.
Head home, grab a Highball and fill it half full of ice. Everything is always half full in the South. Always.
Now, open your Maker’s Mark and pour a healthy splash in the Highball. No, that piddly splash isn’t going to do it, halfway full is more like it. Now, top it off with some fresh, highly carbonated Cheerwine. Grab your sterling cocktail stirrer and give it a quick whirl.
Bourbon & Cheerwine
1 1/2 ounces Maker's Mark or middle shelf bourbon *I got in major trouble for diluting
Maker's 46 with cheerwine, and swore I would never do it again, BUT we only had
good bourbon in the house*
6 ounces Cheerwine
Fill a highball glass half full of ice, add bourbon and top with Cheerwine. Stir and enjoy!