The Rouge Bayou Bounce Cocktail

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The Rouge Bayou Bounce Cocktail
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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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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
2g
3%
Sugar
513g
N/A
Saturated Fat
0.3g
1.7%
Protein
9g
19%
Carbs
542g
100%
Vitamin A
27µg
3%
Vitamin B6
0.5mg
22.9%
Vitamin C
62mg
100%
Vitamin E
0.6mg
3.1%
Vitamin K
19µg
23%
Calcium
121mg
12%
Fiber
19g
74%
Folate (food)
36µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
36µg
9%
Iron
4mg
21%
Magnesium
100mg
25%
Monounsaturated
0.4g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
8%
Phosphorus
229mg
33%
Polyunsaturated
0.5g
N/A
Potassium
2018mg
58%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.4mg
24.2%
Sodium
14mg
1%
Sugars, added
399g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.3mg
19.9%
Zinc
1mg
7%

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