nuts-and-berries-055-3Here at DIA, we love fruit, but we love dessert even more. Combine the two and you’ll easily have us under a sweetness spell. That’s why today, we want to transform one of the best desserts into an array of alcohol indulgences. Treat yourself to a cherry flavored cocktail in honor of national cherries jubilee day. One sip of any of these concoctions and your taste buds will be cheering for more. There’s nothing more delicious than flambéed cherries combined with a vanilla ice cream—still, these cocktails are a close second. 

Cherries Jubilee Champagne Cocktail (1 serving)

  • 1 oz. frozen cherries, approximately 6 cherries
  • 1.5 oz. bourbon
  • 1/4 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/2 dash bitters
  • Champagne to top

Add the cherries and bourbon in a tumbler. Muddle the cherries, making sure they are thoroughly crushed and infused with the bourbon. Pour in the lemon juice and shake. Add the contents into a champagne flute and top with champagne and a dash of bitters. Drink up.

Very Cherry Martini (1 serving)

  • 2 oz. cherry vodka
  • 5 oz. sparkling cherry juice
  • 1 Tbsp. tart cherry juice
  • Sugar for rim

In a chilled martini glass, rim the edge with sugar. Next, add vodka, sparkling cherry juice and tart cherry juice to the glass. Stir carefully.

Cherry Almond Cream Cocktail (1 serving)

  • 3/4 oz. cherry brandy
  • 3/4 oz. amaretto
  • half and half
  • ice
  • cherries for garnish

Fill a tumbler with ice and add liqueurs. Add the half and half to an empty glass; fill it 2/3 of the way. Shake the tumbler and add alcohol to the half and half. Stir and enjoy.

Cherry Sidecar (1 serving)

  • 2 oz. cherry brandy
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz. triple sec or cointreau
  • sugar for rim
  • cherry for garnish

Fill a tumbler 3/4 of the way with ice. Pour in the lemon juice, triple sec/cointreau, and cherry brandy. Cover and shake for about 30 seconds until the outside of the tumbler is cold and frosted. Strain into a martini glass and garnish.