Cherry Bourbon Cheerwine Recipe

Think of this as an extra spunky cherry coke. Old-school Cheerwine, maraschino cherries, Southern-made bourbon, cherry bitters, and a dash of lemon juice make up this totally Southern, completely delicious cocktail that's just perfect from porch sitting to tailgating. Cheerwine and bourbon are both about as old-fashioned as it gets, so this refreshing treat is sure to please the entire crowd with its vintage nod to one of America's most beloved beverages (other than ice-cold sweet tea, of course). The maraschino cherries and cherry bitters give the chilled drink a deep rosy hue that looks so great in the glass, while an old-school toothpick garnish of a lemon round and cherry makes it fun. As for that extra spunky touch? We wanted to give this classic combo a spiked kick with our favorite spirit. Bourbon is an old-fashioned that just never gets old. Down in these parts, folks know the warm feeling of bourbon trickling down the throat in a slow, honey-like fashion; and it happens to be the perfect touch to any cocktail, in our opinion! Especially a vintage-inspired one like this. If you're in the market for some of the best bourbon in the South, from high-end to affordable, we can help you find that perfect match. But, if you're making this drink for a crowd, we suggest branching out with a cherry-lemon-infused bourbon that will bring out the flavors even more. You won't be using that flavored bourbon for anything else we're afraid (unlike our ever-versatile orange-infused bourbon), so make sure you're committed to the big batch. Take a trip down memory lane with this cheery spiked Cheerwine refreshments, but don't forget there's bourbon in there!

Cherry Bourbon Cheerwine
Photo: Becky Luigart Stayner
Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
Serves 1 (serving size: 6 1/2 oz.)


  • 1/2 cup Cheerwine soft drink

  • 1/4 cup (2 oz.) Cherry-Lemon-Infused Bourbon or regular bourbon

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 4 dashes of cherry bitters

  • 2 fresh or maraschino cherries with stems

  • Lemon wedge


  1. Stir together Cheerwine, bourbon, lemon juice, and bitters in a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with lemon wedge and cherries.

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