Justin Rankin from The Katharine Brasserie & Bar in Winston-Salem marries a Cheerwine Holiday Punch reduction with expertly chosen local bitters and bourbon, all harmoniously aged for eight weeks in oak barrels. The result is a festive tribute to North Carolina’s flavors, embodying a depth and character as rich and inviting as the holidays themselves.
- 1.5 ounces Frank’s Reserve from Broad Branch Distillery in Winston-Salem or the ‘low rye’ bourbon of your choice
- 0.5 ounce of Cheerwine Holiday Punch reduction
- 2 dashes of Crude Bitters ‘Attawanhood #37’ or angostura bitters
- 3 Luxardo cherries for garnish
To make a single version at home and omit the barrel aging process add all the ingredients to a glass, mix and serve.
To barrel age at home, batch this in bulk form and add to a 10-liter barrel and let sit for six to eight weeks.
For Cheerwine Holiday Punch Reduction
Cook down 2 liters of Cheerwine Holiday Punch (which produces around 1.5 liters once reduced).