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Need a cocktail recipe (that's easy to drink) using Cherry Brandy for upcoming dinner

selena03 Dec 6, 2010 10:06 AM

Have almost an entire bottle of Cherry Brandy that I purchased to make a Jamaican fruit cake. However the recipe only called for 1/3 cup so I have almost an entire bottle of Bols, and I don't know what to do with it so I thought I would incorporate it into a signature cocktail to be served at an upcoming dinner I am hosting. It is going to be a girls night and I don't think anyone would like to drink something as strong tasting as an old fashioned so if anyone has an idea for an easy to drink cocktail, it would be much appreciated.

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  1. yarm RE: selena03 Dec 7, 2010 06:48 AM

    A good classic:

    Elephants Sometimes Forget

    1 oz gin
    3/4 oz cherry brandy
    3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
    1/4 oz dry vermouth
    1 dash orange bitters

    Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

    A Blood & Sand comes to mind, but I would use a better cherry flavored brandy, like Cherry Heering, to mix with Scotch.

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      jaykayen RE: selena03 Dec 7, 2010 07:25 PM

      What else do you have by the way of spirits, liqueurs, and juices/vermouth?

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      1. re: jaykayen
        selena03 RE: jaykayen Dec 14, 2010 08:01 AM

        not much but I am willing to buy other items because otherwise it will just sit in my pantry:).

      2. yarm RE: selena03 Dec 14, 2010 12:38 PM

        Here's a simple one that will require only a few more ingredients that is a decent champagne cocktail:

        Morning Glory
        • 1/2 oz Cointreau (substitute a decent triple sec)
        • 1/2 oz Cherry brandy
        • 1 dash Angostura bitters
        • fill with Champagne (or dry sparkling wine)

        1. EvergreenDan RE: selena03 Dec 14, 2010 01:38 PM

          Singapore sling?

          Better version:

          Simple version:

          Still, I would hesitate to use low-end Bols with other high-quality ingredients for fear of have a sub-par result. (I haven't tasted this particular product -- maybe it's great.)

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          1. re: EvergreenDan
            JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: EvergreenDan Dec 15, 2010 10:55 PM

            We've had it behind the bar at work. It's cough syrup.

            1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
              jaykayen RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Dec 16, 2010 12:16 PM

              I've heard that Cherry Herring tastes like cough syrup, too.

              1. re: jaykayen
                TooLooseLaTrek RE: jaykayen Dec 16, 2010 12:47 PM

                I had a Singapore Sling last night and it was very good.Cherry Heering in a Blood & Sand is excellent also.Cherry Heering on it's own may taste like cough syrup ( haven't tried it straight) but it's a very good mixer in some classic cocktails.I don't know how it compares to Bols Cherry brandy.

                1. re: jaykayen
                  yarm RE: jaykayen Dec 16, 2010 01:17 PM

                  Spiced, barrel aged, and delightful cough medicine. Probably the best cherry liqueur on the market. Second best would be Rothman & Winter's Orchard Cherry, Combier Roi Ren Rouge Cherry Liqueur, or two that I haven't tried (but the distilleries make quality products) Finger Lakes and Clear Creek's Cherry Liqueurs.

                  Bols liqueurs are often artificially flavored and colored but are rather inexpensive.

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                    EvergreenDan RE: yarm Dec 16, 2010 01:26 PM

                    Concur. Cheery Heering is complex and interesting. It is not cough syrup at all. It is quite sweet (like most liqueurs) and needs a fair amount of acid to balance it.

                    The Finger Lakes product is quite dry for a liqueur. I like it a lot, although the flavor is more pure fresh fruit. I bought it at the distillery. I id not very widely available (certainly not in MA).

            2. Poindexter RE: selena03 Dec 17, 2010 09:25 AM

              Cherry brandy is essential in cheese fondue, so serve some of that to your guests in addition to cocktails...

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                EvergreenDan RE: Poindexter Dec 17, 2010 11:16 AM

                I think it's kirshwasser that you put in cheese fondue -- the eau-de-vie of cherry with pits, a dry, clear, complex (not fruity) spirit. Not much in common with Bols Cherry Brandy, I think.

                1. re: EvergreenDan
                  Poindexter RE: EvergreenDan Dec 17, 2010 11:39 AM

                  Kirsch is indeed what I use in fondue and, from some googling, I gather you are right that it's not quite the same as the stuff the OP bought; thx.

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                jaykayen RE: selena03 Dec 17, 2010 04:26 PM

                I'm going to go with the Bucks Fizz. If you don't have gin, you can easily pick up something cheap in a half bottle. One of my favorite bars actually uses Gordon's in this drink.

                1/4-1/2 oz gin
                2 oz orange juice, or the juice of half an orange
                a dash to a teaspoon of cherry brandy, depending on taste.

                shake and strain into flute. alternatively, leave out the cherry brandy and later pour it over your Champagne.

                top flute with Champagne or alternative sparkler.

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