No hopers cherry sour

By • July 14, 2011 6 Comments

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Author Notes: No hopers, jokers and rogues unite. "We're on the road to nowhere, let's find out where it goes.... so raise a glass to all things past and celebrate how good it feels." Inspired by lyrics as well as an incredible blackberry sour last week at my favorite restaurant in Greenfield called Hope and Olive, I was inspired to make this drink. This is not your traditional whiskey sour, so please don't expect that profile. Instead here you create fresh cherry juice, sweeten it to taste with honey, brighten it with lemon juice, distinguish it with herb. and spike it with Maker's Mark. Sagegreen

Serves 1

  • at least 1/2 cups fresh, ripe, sweet red cherries (no pits or stems)
  • 1 teaspoon honey, linden or acacia (to taste)
  • sprigs of lemon verbena, pineapple sage or spearmint, divided
  • 3/4 ounce sweet lime or Meyer lemon juice
  • 1 ounce Maker's Mark (or Old Grand Dad)
  • 4 brandied cherries, optional (but really nice)
  • 4-6 ice cubes
  • optional favorite water, flat or carbonated to top off for a tall drink
  1. In a cocktail shaker add the ripe cherries and honey. Stir these together to dissolve the honey. Then add most of the herb (reserving some for garnish), juice and bourbon. Muddle well. Cover and shake for a count of 10.
  2. Add ice to a glass with the brandied cherries, if you have them. Strain and pour the drink over the ice. Spoon some of the muddled cherries from the shaker into the drink (and use the others up in some creative way). Garnish with your choice of herb. For a larger drink use a bigger glass and top off with your favorite chilled water.

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about 4 years ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Sagegreen: I owe you a HUGE apology (and probably a recipe of Espresso Brownies).

I volunteered to test your recipe for Editor's Pick, and I made your cocktail and we LOVED it. BUT.....I had out-of-town guests for a long weekend, and somehow I woke up in the middle of the night last night and realized I had not posted my review of your fabulous summer sipper for the editors by noon on yesterday. So you won't get picked, and I feel awful, because I totally messed up.

Please forgive me. And contact me if you wish to collect the brownies. :)


about 4 years ago Sagegreen

So glad to hear you loved No Hopers and sorry to hear about your schedule. I would not turn down brownies!


about 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

ChefJune, it would be awesome if you could add your review to the comments. I'd love to hear what you thought, as the drink sounds really yummy to me.


about 4 years ago wssmom

No Hopers, Jokers and Rogues soon to be a movie!!! Hope they serve this in at least one scene....


about 4 years ago Sagegreen

I love listening to them!


about 4 years ago Sagegreen

A movie! That will be so cool! I misquoted the lyrics...will have to correct that when I can. Maybe we can also invent a drink for the jokers and one for the rogues-Wssmom, are you game?