[1] Cherry Chiller cocktail made with rosé champagne (photo courtesy Moet et Chandon).

Cherry Cocktail Recipe
[2] Herradura Diablo, made with tequila and cherry liqueur (photo courtesy Herradura).


Presidents’ Day is upon us, and George Washington’s birthday is February 22nd. Let’s celebrate with some cherry cocktails.

Although the story of George Washington and the cherry tree is apocryphal, made up by his biographer, everyone can still enjoy cherries on Washington’s birthday. The layer of red liqueur is also an homage to George Washington and the apocryphal cherry tree (link).

You can create cocktails with cherry juice, cherry liqueur, and frozen cherries (thawed!).

If you particularly like these recipes, make them again when cherries come into season.

This recipe came to us courtesy of Moet et Chandon champagne. It was created by Kim Haasarud of Liquid Architecture, a restaurant consulting firm.

Rosé Champagne or other rose bubbly makes this a beautiful cocktail for Presidents Day (or a belated Valentine’s Day).

Cherry season is months away, so defrost frozen cherries.

Ingredients Per Drink

  • 2 basil leaves, sliced into thin strips (chiffonade)
  • 3 pitted bing cherries, plus 2 extra for garnish
  • 1/2 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 3-4 ounces Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial, or other rosé sparkling wine

    1. COMBINE the basil, cherries, lime juice, gin and simple syrup in a mixing glass. Muddle. Top with ice and shake vigorously.

    2. POUR the contents into a highball glass and top with campagne.


    This cocktail uses cherry liqueur for its vibrant red color.

    We’re not sure why it’s called “diablo,” since the ginger syrup doesn’t provide much heat. But you can always add droplets of chile oil as a garnish, or use a slice of red jalapeño as a rim garnish.

    Ingredients For 1 Drink

  • 1½ ounces Herradura Silver Tequila or substitute
  • ½ ounce Cherry Heering or other cherry liqueur
  • ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
  • ¾ ounce ginger syrup (buy it or make it)

    Place all ingredients in to a cocktail shaker filled with cubed ice. Shake hard and strain over ice into a chilled coupe glass.

    Erroneously called Cherry Herring, this cherry liqueur is named for its Danish creator, liqueur manufacturer Peter Heering.

    It has nothing to do with a herring.


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