Cherry Smash Cocktail Recipe
This Cherry Smash Cocktail will soon be your new favorite. The cherries and dark rum make it a super fresh and sweet cocktail yet you get a spiciness from the Ginger beer! A super simple cocktail for your weekend pleasure.
Why you will love this recipe
When it comes to summer fruits cherries are definitely my all time favorites! Man what am I saying? They’re my favorite fruit of the year! I can not get enough of everything cherry like these Cherry White Chocolate Blondies.
It was obvious that I had to create a cocktail using my favorite fruit. The result was this delicious cherry smash cocktail. I have combined 2 of my favorite drinks to create this amazing cocktail and I am obsessed with the results! Even my parents that are not the biggest cherry fans loved it.
Why is this cocktail so good?
- Perfect for cherry season
- Flavor explosion
- Perfect for summer
This cocktail is super refreshing and perfect to enjoy this cherry season! When I created this drink I was inspired by two of my favorite cocktails: a classic smash cocktail and a mule. This drink combines the two classics into a whole new experience. The sweet cherries clash together with the spicy ginger beer and are being balanced out by the acidity of the lemon juice and the smooth dark rum. All mixed together this drink is the perfect refreshment for a hot summer day!
We love serving this drink at a summer BBQ with guests.
Ingredients for this homemade Cherry Smash
For this cherry smash cocktail recipe you do need a few ingredients. We have sweet and spicy components that mix together into an amazing flavor profile. The following ingredients are needed:
- Cherries: Make sure you pit and cut them in half before you use them
- Raw cane sugar: The cane sugar will give your cocktail some sweetness. You can omit this if the drink is to sweet for you from the cherries and rum. If you can not get cane sugar you can simply use normal sugar. However, I personally prefer the flavor of cane sugar in cocktails.
- Peppermint leaves: You will need fresh mint leaves, Remove them from the stem and make sure they are clean. I highly recommend using fresh leaves straight out of your garden.
- Lemon juice: The lemon juice will help cut trough the sweetness with its citrusy flavor.
- Ice: To keep the cocktail cold.
- Dark rum: The ingredient making this a boozy cocktail. As a sweet and spicy alcohol it goes perfectly with the sweet cherries and spicy ginger beer.
- Ginger beer: The ginger beer gives the cocktail the extra kick with its spicy flavor profile.
This might look like a lot of ingredients but trust me, the recipe is super easy and quick to make!
How to make a Cherry Smash cocktail
Alright, are you ready to experience a whole new flavor explosion? Get your ingredients ready and lets make this cocktail!
- First, add the cherries, cane sugar, peppermint leaves and lemon to a glas. Mash everything together with a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon if you don’t own one.
- Next add some ice to your glass to keep your drink nice and cool. It doesn’t matter how much ice you add. Basically you can fill your glass, just make sure there is enough space for the rum and ginger beer.
- Now, lets get the booze in shall we? Add the 6cl rum. We are using dark rum here to get some spices in and use it as the component bringing the sweetness and spiciness together.
- As a last step you fill up the glass with the ginger beer and serve! If you don’t use up the ginger beer simply keep adding the rest of it to the cocktail once there is space in it again while you drink it.
Keep your ingredients cold to make this drink extra refreshing. You could pop your alcohol in the freezer to make it extra cold. As alcohol does not freeze you can use it straight out of the freezer!
Freeze some fresh cherries and add them to the glass. This will keep your drink cold without watering it down! The perfect alternative to ice cubes.
If you want to keep your cocktail extra cool use a mule cup. They keep your drinks cold longer.
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Frequently asked questions
Q: How can I make this cocktail for a crowd?
A: You can easily make a big batch of this cocktail in a pitcher! Simply change the serving size in the recipe card so you have enough for a crowd. Drink responsibly!
To prevent the drink from watering down I recommend using frozen cherries instead of ice to keep your drink cold.
Q: Can I make a mocktail version?
A: Yes, simply omit the rum and use more ginger beer. If it is to spicy then I recommend adding some simple syrup or even a spiced simple syrup like cinnamon.
Q: Can I make this ahead of time?
A: Absolutely! Make the whole recipe except the step where you add ice! The ice would water down the drink if added to early. You can add frozen cherries instead of ice cubes as an alternative. Keep in the fridge till you want to enjoy. This works for big batches too.
- 5 Cherries pitted and cut in half
- 1 tsp Natural cane sugar
- 6 Mint leaves
- 1 cl Lemon juice
- 6 cl Dark Rum
- 1 Ginger beer
- Add the cherries, cane sugar, peppermint leaves and lemon juice to a glass.
- Mash everything well with a muddler. Alternatively use the back of a wooden spoon if you do not own a muddler.Make sure you get all the cherries when smashing. You want all the cherry juices in your drink to get the best flavor!
- Add some ice to the glass. You can use as much as you like here, just make sure there is enough space to add the rum and ginger beer.
- Pour in the rum.
- Then fill the glass up with the ginger beer.
- Using a spoon stir your drink carefully.
- Finally decorate with some mint leaves and enjoy!
- This recipe can easily be made for a crowd!
- Keep your ingredients cold to make this drink extra refreshing. You could pop your alcohol in the freezer to make it extra cold. As alcohol does not freeze you can use it straight out of the freezer!
- Freeze some fresh cherries and add them to the glass. This will keep your drink cold without watering it down! The perfect alternative to ice cubes.