Recently Stolichnaya, the makers of the wildly popular Stoli vanilla vodka, came out with a new flavor: wild cherry. I got my hands on a bottle and sipped it solo and in a cocktail. When alone, it has a strong artificial smell and taste reminiscent of cherry-flavored cough syrup. The clear spirit, however, does much better mixed into a drink with muddled brandied cherries and fresh lemon juice. A splash of Coca-Cola balances the concoction out and adds a refreshing effervescence. I've always been a longtime fan of Coke mixed with grenadine, and this beverage ends up tasting like a grownup Roy Rogers! Check out the smashing recipe here.
4 brandied cherries Makes 1 drink.
1 1/2 parts Stoli Wild Cherri
3/4 part fresh lemon juice
3/4 part simple syrup
Splash of cherry soda (ginger or cola)*
*I used regular Coca-Cola.
4 brandied cherries
Makes 1 drink.