The Rouge Bayou Bounce Cocktail

The Rouge Bayou Bounce Cocktail
Staff Writer

Sara Essex Bradley

The Rouge Bayou Bounce cocktail.

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. 

Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
157g
100%
Sugar
99g
100%
Saturated Fat
26g
100%
Cholesterol
16mg
5%
Carbohydrate, by difference
848g
100%
Protein
16g
35%
Vitamin A, RAE
12µg
2%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
13mg
17%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
10µg
11%
Calcium, Ca
1164mg
100%
Choline, total
5mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
170g
100%
Folate, total
170µg
43%
Iron, Fe
39mg
100%
Magnesium, Mg
32mg
10%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
13mg
93%
Phosphorus, P
167mg
24%
Riboflavin
3mg
100%
Selenium, Se
25µg
45%
Sodium, Na
3347mg
100%
Thiamin
3mg
100%
Water
536g
20%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Cocktail Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Cocktail Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.