Bing Cherry Presbyterian

It is cherry season and this makes me think of home, home being in Oregon.  Hood River and The Dalles have many cherry orchards, I grew up eating them and when I was finished my hands would be stained from all the juice, it was much worth the mess!

 This drink does not  have to be as messy as eating cherries with your hands especially if you use a straw!


This cocktail is a take on an old classic the “Presbyterian” which originally is ginger, soda and whiskey.  Now there isn’t any real clear explanation as to why it is called that but the best I read is it could easily be mistaken as a “non-alcoholic” drink with just ginger and soda but the Presbyterian’s could easily slip in a bit o whiskey without anyone knowing.


Recipe:  Makes a 8 oz cocktail       


  • 2 oz Four Roses Bourbon
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup ( also good with Thyme Simple Syrup)
  • 1/2 Ginger Syrup
  • 2-3 oz Sparkling Water
  • 6 Fresh Cherries

Profile: Original recipe from Classic~Refreshing/Strong

Glass:  Collins Glass

Garnish:  Cherry or Lime Wedge


 Remove stems from 6 cherries, add simple syrup, lime juice, ginger syrup and muddle cherries until completely smashed.

Add bourbon, ice and shake.

 Strain the cherry juices over ice into a collins glass and top with sparkling water.

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