Spring Fever Cocktail with a Kick

Spring is almost here! After slogging through months of ice, snow and beard-ruffling wind, the anticipation of those first green buds has me practically climbing the trees to paint the damn things on. As an offering to the gods to—please!—make it come sooner, we’ve created a Spring Fever cocktail. Inspired by my Effortless Table place setting of the same name, it’s got dried cherries soaked in bourbon as the surprise ingredient—a favorite trick of mine to give a drink an unexpected kick.


Spring Fever Cocktail

For the Bourbon-Soaked Cherries & Bourbon Cherry Syrup

  • 1 c bourbon
  • ¼ c water
  • ½ c brown sugar
  • ¼ c dried cherries

Combine the bourbon, water and sugar in a saucepot and bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cook until sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Pour over cherries in a heatproof vessel and let stand overnight in the fridge to macerate and reconstitute.

For each drink

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 5 mint leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 oz Bourbon Cherry syrup
  • bourbon cherries

Muddle the mint, bourbon and syrup and stir to combine. Add ice and stir until frosty. Garnish with more bourbon-soaked cherries and mint.

Spring Fever Cocktail Recipe

Mary would like to thank the lovely, generous people who gave me stuffed toys for her while I was on book tour. As you can see, she thoroughly enjoyed them last night when I returned home. Would you mind coming over this morning to clean up their guts, which have been strewn in every nook and cranny of our apartment. Thanks! 😘

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