The Rouge Bayou Bounce Cocktail

Sara Essex Bradley


Bayou Rouge Bounce Cocktail

  • 2 Ounces  Rittenhouse or Whistlepig Rye Whiskey
  • 1 Ounce  Dolin sweet vermouth
  • 2  Ounces  cherry bounce
  • dash Mephisto Absinthe

Homemade Cherry Bounce

  • 6 Cups  whole cherries
  • 2 Cups  cane sugar
  • quart brandy or whiskey

Earlier, we gave you ideas for cherry-infused cocktail recipes; now, we have one more recipe to add to the cherry bunch. While you can't find cherry bounce on liquor store shelves — not yet anyway — this colonial-era infusion is hot among haute cocktail bars, spotted at Chicago’s Nightwood, San Francisco’s Comstock Saloon, and Bar R’evolution in New Orleans. Dating back to Martha Washington's day, cherry bounce is made from fresh cherries steeped in sugar and brandy (though whiskey and rum can also be used).

According to bar manager John Lyons of Bar R’evolution in New Orleans, "Cherry bounce is a seasonal liqueur that goes along the same lines as our selection of other house-made fruit ratafias [or sweet cordials] at Bar R’evolution," he says. "It’s great for blending and smoothing out the ‘mid-range’ of a cocktail, the same way that bitters do. In this drink, we’re using just a dash or two of bounce to add fullness and depth, accentuating the rye without overpowering it." Click here for more cherry liquors and cocktail recipes. 


Bayou Rouge Bounce Cocktail

Shake to chill, serve up in an eau de vie glass (for apéritifs). Garnish with a fresh cherry. 

Homemade Cherry Bounce

In a large saucepan, combine the cherries and sugar. Let simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour cooled cherry mixture into a large glass jar. Top with brandy or whiskey, and secure the lid. Shake well to combine, and let rest in a cool, dark place for about 3 months.


Calories per serving:

4,328 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Fat, Low Sodium Low Fat Abs, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 2g 3%
  • Carbs 542g 181%
  • Saturated 0g 2%
  • Fiber 19g 74%
  • Sugars 513g
  • Monounsaturated 0g
  • Polyunsaturated 0g
  • Protein 9g 19%
  • Sodium 14mg 1%
  • Calcium 121mg 12%
  • Magnesium 100mg 25%
  • Potassium 2,018mg 58%
  • Iron 4mg 21%
  • Zinc 1mg 7%
  • Phosphorus 229mg 33%
  • Vitamin A 27µg 3%
  • Vitamin C 62mg 103%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 20%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 24%
  • Niacin (B3) 2mg 8%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 23%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 36µg 9%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin K 19µg 23%
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