"The Black Forest Bowle"

June 21, 2010

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: When I lived in Germany as a college student my German roommates introduced me to the "bowle," a wine white celebration of summer fruit. We made strawberry, or erdbeer bowle, and also peach, or pfirsich bowle, as I recall. We would prepare the fruit, put tons of sugar on it, let that sit for hours and then chill it overnight for the fête the next day. So I am creating this recipe with those fond memories in mind, but with a twist. Normally a bowle would remain light, but I am playing with the color of the traditional white wine. Still, I would not want to use a rose or a red wine here. I am also adding a splash of kirsch to this as a variation. - SagegreenSagegreen

Food52 Review: A nice, fruity summer drink. Deep red color and flavor seeps out of the cherries and they inherit booziness in return. Be sure to use the driest Riesling you can find, especially if your cherries are at their sweetest. - Kristen
The Editors

Serves: 4


  • 1 bottle (750 ml) of a dry riesling or riesling sylvaner
  • 1 pound dark red sweet cherries
  • 4 tablespoons cane sugar
  • 2 ounces kirschwasser (Black Forest kind recommended)
  • for a garnish consider a mint or borage leaf
In This Recipe


  1. Pit and halve the cherries.
  2. Add the sugar.
  3. Add the wine.
  4. Add the kirsch.
  5. Cover and let stand a few hours at room temperature and then chill for several hours (preferably overnight).
  6. Serve in a wide-brimmed glass so you can eat the cherries. Prost!

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Reviews (2) Questions (0)

2 Reviews

rachaelmr July 26, 2011
This is going on my Summer To Do list - just look at how lovely that is...that's enough to sway me right there - and with the Riesling?! Sounds sublime...thanks!
Author Comment
Sagegreen July 26, 2011
Thanks, rachel. I hope you enjoy.