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Dec 6, 2010 10:06 AM

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

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. 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.

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

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      1. re: jaykayen

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

      2. 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. 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

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

            1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

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

              1. re: jaykayen

                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

                  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.

                  1. re: yarm

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

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              1. re: Poindexter

                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

                  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.