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. 

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Servings
4586
Calories Per Serving
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Ingredients

Bayou Rouge Bounce Cocktail

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

Homemade Cherry Bounce

  • 6 Cups whole cherries
  • 2 Cups cane sugar
  • 1 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
38g
42%
Saturated Fat
29g
100%
Cholesterol
4mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
719g
100%
Protein
94g
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
14µg
16%
Calcium, Ca
199mg
20%
Choline, total
9mg
2%
Copper, Cu
3mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
118g
100%
Folate, total
448µg
100%
Iron, Fe
29mg
100%
Magnesium, Mg
575mg
100%
Manganese, Mn
13mg
100%
Niacin
43mg
100%
Pantothenic acid
3mg
60%
Phosphorus, P
1521mg
100%
Riboflavin
2mg
100%
Selenium, Se
441µg
100%
Sodium, Na
610mg
41%
Thiamin
3mg
100%
Water
733g
27%
Zinc, Zn
14mg
100%

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.