Cherry Bourbon Coke: An Adult Twist on a Childhood Favorite

The taste of cherry cola is an instant throwback to childhood. We can all remember going to our favorite drive-through and ordering a bubbly, ice cold, cherry coke. Now that you're an adult, you get the additional benefit of adding your favorite whiskey to make the ultimate grown-up beverage. Cherry bourbon Coke is a refreshing, cold drink, perfect for hot day tailgates, or evenings at home. There's never a bad time to indulge in this delicious cocktail.

DIY Cherry Bourbon Coke

Making this whiskey cocktail at home is almost as easy as ordering your childhood favorite. It's such a simple cocktail that it barely takes any prep time. The 5 ingredients you'll need are fresh cherries, Coca-Cola, bourbon, grenadine and a muddler.

If you don't have a cocktail shaker, use a large glass to stir all the ingredients. Once mixed, pour into rocks glasses to serve. Sip, relax and enjoy.

Any bourbon of your choice will work, but we recommend a Canadian whisky, like Crown Royal. If you're feeling nostalgic, go ahead and garnish with maraschino cherries. If this doesn't transport you straight to childhood, we don't know what will.

Cocktail Recipes Variations

Bourbon Cherry Old Fashioned:

This cocktail is, you guessed it, a spin on the classic old fashioned. Similar to cherry bourbon Coke, this drink is also quick and easy to make. The total time from start to finish is 5 minutes. You'll need bourbon, orange bitters, lime juice honey and cherries. All you need to do is muddle the ingredients in a bar shaker, shake and pour over ice.

Find the full recipe here

Cherry Bourbon Coke Slushy:

If you're feeling the heat, this is a great spin on the classic. To ensure you have ice cold coca-cola, pour the soda into ice cube trays to set. Then, use the coke ice cubes as the base for the slushy. Some recipes call for using grenadine if you don't have fresh cherries. The syrup will easily mimic the cherry flavor.

However you make this drink, summer never tasted so sweet.

Find the full recipe here

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This post was originally published on August 30, 2017

Cherry Bourbon Coke

This Cherry Bourbon Coke is grown up soft drink which is the perfect reminder to those childhood days when you enjoyed cherry-flavored cola.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 servings


  • 4 oz Bourbon
  • 2 Tbsp cherry juice
  • 1 Tbsp grenadine
  • 16 oz coca-cola
  • Maraschino cherries


  • In a cocktail shaker add bourbon, cherry juice, and grenadine. Stir together and add coca-cola. Pour into iced glasses and top with a Maraschino cherry.


Add a bit more cherry flavor by using a cherry-flavored bourbon or even cherry coke.
You can find cherry juice in the juice section of your grocery store usually in small bottles.

Perfect Pairing

Serve this Cherry Bourbon Coke with Dill Pickle Macaroni and Cheese.
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