Say Cheers with Cherries

Twist up your champagne tradition, and ring in the holiday with your very own Homemade Luxardo Cherries! Perfect with any delicious Classic Manhattan as shown below, these cherries are sure to spice up your holiday party.

Embrace your inner badass, impress your guests, and toast to the new year with Linda Ruffenach's recipes from How to Be a Bourbon Badass

Classic Manhattan with Homemade Luxardo Cherries

From How to Be a Bourbon Badass

By Linda Ruffenach


  • Ice
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2–3 dashes Angostura or Peychaud bitters
  • Homemade Luxardo Cherries​ (see below for cherry recipe)


1. In a large glass or cocktail shaker, add bourbon and sweet vermouth.

2. Add a dash or two of bitters.

3. Add ice and mix.

4. Strain into a martini glass and add a homemade luxardo cherry.

*Author's Note: I like my Manhattan shaken to get it really cold and to break down small bits of the ice into the cocktail. Some people prefer it stirred. Just like bourbon, drink it the way you want to drink it!

Homemade Luxardo Cherries


  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon real vanilla 1 cinnamon stick
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pound frozen cherries
  • 1 cup Luxardo liqueur

*Optional: Replace Luxardo liqueur with 1/2 cup of your favorite bourbon


  1. In a medium saucepan combine sugar, vanilla, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, lemon juice, and water.
  2. Bring to a boil for 2–3 minutes. Turn the heat down to low.
  3. Add cherries and let simmer for about 5 minutes until sauce begins to thicken slightly.
  4. Remove from heat and add the liqueur.
  5. Let cool, and store in airtight container in refrigerator.

*Recommended: When all of the cherries are gone, reduce the juice into a sauce and serve over ice cream or a bowl of mixed berries. It is delicious!

Author Lina Ruffenach is a business woman, entrepreneur, and the founder of Whisky Chicks. She takes pride in creating experiences that make learning about Kentucky bourbon approachable, fun, and informative, and does just that in her book How to Be a Bourbon BadassCheck out the full book to find more delicious recipes, discover a new favorite drink, and learn the basics of Bourbon.