Cherry Bourbon Friendsgiving Cocktail

Thank you to Sparkling Ice for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

“Just remember, it might be Monday but it’s a short week that ends with pie and shopping. We can do this.”

Welcome to Monday and what I hope is a short week for everyone! The next few days are filled with celebrations like Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving and I wanted to introduce a delicious new drink that you can serve. I’ve included the ingredients and directions to make a Sparkling Cherry Bourbon – and yes, it is as delicious as it sounds.

When I’m hosting a special event, I love making a festive cocktail for the occasion. I try to have a well-stocked bar with red and white wine, craft beer and bubbly – but I think it’s fun to add something unexpected. I’ve found that guests really enjoy trying something new, especially a drink that they know their host or hostess has custom-made for them. Typically, I create my specials out of champagne or prosecco because anything with bubbles is so light and refreshing. Most people like to start off slowly and I like serving bubbly drinks as an aperitif, saving wines for the meal.

When the fine folks at Sparkling Ice contacted me to see if I’d be interested in blogging about a Sparkling Cherry Bourbon, I jumped at the chance. We’re very familiar with this brand because it is a great alternative to soda. My son, Jackson, was the one to introduce me to Sparkling Ice. A few years ago, we stopped at a local store for something to drink after his baseball game. I told him to find something low-calorie that wasn’t soda and he brought a couple of bottles of Sparkling Ice to the cash register. He has his mom’s love of anything fizzy! Jackson’s favorite flavor of Sparkling Ice is Pink Grapefruit and I could drink Cherry Limeade all day. The flavor combo reminds me of the colas I drank when I was a kid. Here’s the recipe, cheers!

Cherry Bourbon Friendsgiving Cocktail

Sparkling Cherry Bourbon


  • 4 Cherries, pits removed
  • 1 1/2  oz. Bourbon
  • 1 Tsp Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Bottle Sparkling Ice Essence Of Peach


Muddle 4 cherries at the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add bourbon, simple syrup, and fresh lemon juice. Shake until it’s well mixed. Strain the cocktail into a rock glass and top with Sparkling Ice Essence Of Peach. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve.



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Sparkling Ice retails for $1.19-$1.29 at major retailers nationwide including: Wal-Mart, Stop & Shop, Rite Aid, Big Y, Ahold and Family Dollar throughout Meriden and Wallingford, CT. For a location near you, click here for their store locator. In addition to Sparkling waters, they also carry Sparkling Ice Essences, Iced Teas and Lemonades. With zero calories, there’s zero guilt. Sparkling Ice is made from carbonated water and natural flavors. Nice.


About Sparkling Ice

First created in the Pacific Northwest in the early 1990’s, Sparkling Ice® makes a portfolio of Refreshingly Bold TM sparkling waters, teas and lemonades. Bursting with real fruit flavor and just the right amount of fizz, Sparkling Ice delivers 19 irresistible fruit combinations, without all the calories.

Currently recognized as one of the fastest-growing non-alcoholic beverage brands in the country, Sparkling Ice beverages are available in a variety of flavors. Sparkling Ice Waters come in 12 refreshing flavors: Black Raspberry, Orange Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Kiwi Strawberry, Coconut Pineapple, Pomegranate Blueberry, Peach Nectarine, Lemon Lime, Crisp Apple, Cherry Limeade, Strawberry Watermelon and our new flavor, Black Cherry. Sparkling Ice Lemonades®, launched in 2013, are available in three refreshing flavors: Classic Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Peach Lemonade. The newest line, Sparkling Ice Teas, launched in 2015, come in 4 flavors: Half & Half (Lemonade with Tea), Peach Tea, Raspberry Tea & Lemon Tea.