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Summer Sips: Cherry Bourbon Smash Cocktail

This is the first of the Summer Sips Cocktail Series here at NEPA bites. All Summer (If it ever comes? WTH weather.) we’ll be sharing great local spots to grab a drink outside and each weekend we’ll share a favorite Summer cocktail recipe.

This cocktail goes out to all the moms out there. Because Mother’s Day is tomorrow I know you may expect to see a clever twist on a mimosa here. But, no. Why? I’ll tell you. Because mom’s work hard. You drive us crazy, and we do more before 9 AM than you do in an entire day. And of course we love you, but for the love God please give us a real drink to wash it all down with.

As a fellow mom I know that we deserve more than a lukewarm glass of well rack orange juice topped off with a thimble full of single-serve champagne, yielding a beverage that wouldn’t even get a small mouse tipsy.

No. Mom deserves a real drink. She deserves fine, brown liquors. With the tiniest hint of something extra special, enter cherries and a drizzle of mint simple syrup.

This Cherry Bourbon Smash is the perfect Summer cocktail. It’s simple to make with  only a few ingredients (including a mint simple syrup that you can use in even more cocktails), highlights the bourbon rather than hides it, and is very, very refreshing.

TIP: Print out one of these recipes, toss it into a bag along with the ingredients, and you just made the perfect Summer hostess gift. Viola’.

Cheers and Happy Mother’s Day, xxoo


Serves 1

Summer Sips: Cherry Bourbon Smash Cocktail
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  • 1/4 cup fresh sweet cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1 oz mint infused simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 2 oz good bourbon
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • Club soda to taste
  • Whole cherry and mint leaves to garnish
  • Ice cubes
  • Mint Infused Simple Syrup (Makes about 1 cup) (see notes to make without syrup)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, removed from stems


  1. Mix it:
  2. Combine cherries and simple syrup in the bottom of a rocks glass
  3. Muddle (smash, with love of course, you are what you drink) the cherries with the syrup until all smash-y. Add the bourbon and lime juice, stir.
  4. Add one or two ice cubes, and top with club soda.
  5. To make the Mint Infused Simple Syrup
  6. Combine the water and the sugar in a medium saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve he sugar. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the mint leaves. Let the mixture reduce and infuse for about 10 minutes over very low heat, don't let the syrup darken. The syrup should thicken slightly. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature. Using a slotted spoon, strain the mint leaves from the simple syrup. Store the mint-infused syrup in an airtight bottle or jar in the fridge. Syrup will last four to six weeks in the fridge.


*If you have zero desire to make simple syrup, and can't find someone o do it for you, you can simply add about 2 teaspoons of sugar to the cherries as you muddle them.

*Important- Use a bourbon you like the taste of in this cocktail, if you would drink it on the rocks or solo, it will work here.




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