If you’re used to thinking of fruit-flavored brandies as medicinal, you might dismiss the Cherry Fizz out of hand. Its main ingredient is two ounces of cherry brandy.
But dismissing it would be a mistake. High-quality fruit brandies are delicious ingredients for wonderful cocktails.
Good cherry brandy tastes like actual cherries rather than like cherry candy. It has notes of amaretto, with surprising tannins. It’s like a wine that’s been infused with cherry juice.
This recipe adds a little lemon juice and some carbonated water to cut the sweetness and intense flavor of the cherry brandy. That gives it a good balance between sweet and tart.
And, of course, you can change that balance if you want by adding a little more or less of either ingredient.
The Cherry Fizz drink recipe features cherry brandy with lemon juice and carbonated water. It's a simple, refreshing drink that hits a good balance between sweet and tart.
- 2 ounces cherry brandy
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- Club soda
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Pour in the lemon juice and cherry brandy.
- Shake until chilled.
- Put two ice cubes in a highball glass.
- Strain the mixture into it.
- Fill the rest of the way with the carbonated water and stir.
- Garnish with a cherry.