Black Cherry Smash
There are real, proper laws governing the production of bourbon. Who knew? This isn’t just common practise – it turns out you can go to actual bourbon prison for breaking them.
1.Bourbon must be produced in America and made from 51% corn.
2. It must be stored in new charred-oak barrels.
3. Lastly, to be called bourbon, the liquid needs to be distilled to no more than 160 proof and entered into the barrel at 125.
4. It must be bottled at no less than 80 proof.
We have a 5th rule at Balans Soho Society – bourbon must be drunk with cherry brandy and Coke. Well, it’s not so much a rule as a distinct preference…
Try this recipe for Black Cherry Smash:
35ml Buffalo Trace Bourbon
15ml Lime juice
15ml Cherry Brandy
3 pitted Black Cherries
Top up with Coca Cola
Muddle the cherries, add the first 3 ingredients and shake. Fine strain into an Old Fashioned tumbler over cubed ice, top with cola and garnish with a black cherry on a stem.