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Happy Hour: Wild Cherry Smash

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.

Wild Cherry Smash

Wild Cherry Smash

Stoli Wild Cherry Smash Recipe

Ingredients

  1. 4 brandied cherries
  2. 1 1/2 parts Stoli Wild Cherri
  3. 3/4 part fresh lemon juice
  4. 3/4 part simple syrup
  5. Splash of cherry soda (ginger or cola)*

Directions

  1. Muddle cherries, add ingredients except soda and shake well.
  2. Serve in an ice-filled rocks glass and finish with a soda splash. Garnish with a cherry and lemon wheel on a cocktail pick.

Makes 1 drink.


*I used regular Coca-Cola.

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