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This recipe originates from Garden and Gun, a website devoted to all things wonderfully Southern, and was passed to me by a true Southern gentleman. I made it for a get-together that never came together. Alas, all the lemonade is for me. I recommend you try it!

Bourbon Cherry Lemonade

  • 4 cups of Bing cherries (stemmed and pitted)
  • 2 cups high quality bourbon (I used Woodford Reserve)
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scrapped
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 8 lemons)
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 cups simple syrup
  • Sparkling water

In a container with a tight-fitting lid, combine the cherries, bourbon, and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for 2 days. When ready to serve, combine lemon juice, zest, 1 cup of juice off the cherries and the simple syrup in a pitcher. In each glass, pour the lemonade over ice. Garnish with the cherries and a thin slice of lemon.

*** I found that there were enough cherries left over to make another pitcher, provided you add a little more bourbon.

I think I may have drank more than my fair share…