Sweet tart cherries mingle with peaty single malt Scotch and tart lemon juice in an amazing whisky cocktail beverage, the Cherry Scotch Sipper, that will help you celebrate every special day.
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What kind of cherries to use?
Use your favorite kind of cherry.
I love Bing cherries. Dark red (technically called black cherries). Tart. Delicious. If you use Bing cherries in your Cherry Scotch Sipper you’ll get a darker color than if you use, say Rainier cherries.
The sipper that you see in the pictures is made with Bing cherries that I picked up at the Farmer’s Market.
Now, if you ask my husband what cherries are the best, he will say Rainer. Sweet lovely cherries. Lighter in color than Bing, your Cherry Scotch Sipper will have a lighter pink color.
Of course, there are a zillion other kinds of cherries.
From Chelan to Tulare with a bunch in between.
I have a cherry tree, and I have no idea what kind of cherry grows on it. I do know that it’s super tasty.
Some cherries are bright red, while others have some yellow or black. All cherries will work in this Cherry Scotch Sipper.
I’m a big believer in using what’s familiar and what you love, also in using what’s abundant around you!
I used blackberry simple syrup in my Cherry Scotch Sipper. It has a beautiful color and fragrance. If you don’t have blackberry simple syrup, feel free to use vanilla. It’ll add a lovely flavor either way.
What is Single Malt Scotch?
It’s an aged whisky made by a single distillery using only malted barley and water, and must be distilled, produced, and bottled in Scotland.
Read more about Scotch
Where it comes from, it’s relation to whisky, and much much more! Here in my Strawberry Scotch Cocktail Recipe.
When I worked in restaurants I loved tending the bar. All those fun drinks to make. All those different ways to experiment with flavor combinations. I think that’s one of the reasons I love making these types of cocktails. The fun ways in which the flavors mingle. And, I love that you can get different drinks simply by changing out a little here or a little – vanilla or blackberry syrup – makes a little change in the flavor profile. A little sweeter, fruitier, dryer. So, go ahead, give this Scotch Cocktail a try. It may not be traditional, but you may love it and start a new trend.
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Cherry Scotch Sipper Cocktail Recipe
Cherry Scotch Sipper
- 8 ripe cherries
- 5 fresh lemon thyme or regular thyme springs
- 1 ¼ ounces Scotch Whisky I used Magnus
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- ¾ ounce blackberry or vanilla simple syrup
- 2 ounces soda water or sparkling water
- Muddle the cherries and thyme springs in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, Scotch, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake.
- Strain the cocktail into a Collins glass or a wine glass over ice, and top with soda water.