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Black Cherry Rye Smash

The spicy punch of rye whiskey and juicy sweet cherries combine make an elegant—and strong!—summer cocktail that will be difficult to put down. One thing: While the rye whiskey really makes this pop, if you don't have it on hand, feel free to substitute bourbon.


5 to 6 fresh black cherries, pitted

1/2 small orange

10 fresh mint leaves, plus additional for garnish

2 teaspoons agave syrup

4 ounces rye whiskey

About 6 ounces sparkling wine or club soda


1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle together cherries, orange, mint and agave.

2. Add rye whiskey and fill with ice, and shake and strain into two ice-filled cocktail glasses.

3. Top with sparkling wine or club soda. Garnish with mint sprigs.

Makes 2 drinks


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