Pass the Courvoisier — with a "cherry" twist. The Cherry Smash is a perfect way to segue from summer into the school year. There are a few variants of this popular cocktail, but the one explained today is a classier version. This drink requires a degree of planning ahead, but the end result justifies the preparation.
The Cherry Smash exudes a variety of flavors, going down sweetly with a slight burning sensation due to the presence of brandy. The lemon juice gives it just the right touch of sourness without overpowering the drink. As stated, this cocktail is sweet, and as such should be sipped to avoid unpleasant face-palming moments after the fact. The first week of classes will no doubt be a breeze, but we don't advocate toting this drink onto campus in place of your usual fruit beverage; save it for five o'clock.
1 cup pitted fresh or frozen (thawed) cherries
1/4 cup clear cherry brandy
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup ice cubes
6 tablespoons Courvoisier
1/4 cup orange curacao
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon Cherry Heering liquor
1. Combine the cherries, cherry brandy and sugar in a bowl, and stir until ingredients are blended. Let them remain at room temperature for 24 hours, occasionally stirring.
2. In a martini glass, add desired amount of brandied cherries and crush with a spoon.
3. Combine Courvoisier, curacao, lemon juice, cherry liquer and ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into the martini glass. Serve and enjoy!