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Smashed Cherry and Basil Old-Fashioneds

Sweet cherries lend a red hue and summer vibe to this classic cocktail.

Serves 2
Ready in 10 mins
Prep time 10 mins
261 calories per serving


> 8 fresh cherries
> 10 basil leaves
> 2 tsp sugar
> 3 -4 dashes bitters
> 3/4 cup bourbon or rye
> 2 small orange slices


Stem and pit the cherries. Add to a cocktail shaker or pint glass, along with the basil, sugar, and bitters. Using a muddler, mash the basil and cherries until very broken up.
To shaker, add the bourbon. Stir to combine. Add ice to 2 old-fashioned glasses. Strain cocktail into glasses. Garnish with the orange slices.


Must be 21 years or older to purchase or consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.


No cherry pitter? Insert a metal straw into the top of the cherry and push down to remove the pit. If you don't need the cherries to stay intact, cover with a paper towel and gently crush them with a heavy skillet to open, then remove the pits.

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