When the winter winds begin to blow there are few things as comforting as a warm drink. Mulled wine has long been a favorite and if you are looking for something a little bit different, this bourbon and cherry juice cocktail is an excellent option.
Featuring bourbon whiskey, cherry juice, and holiday spices, the Mulled Spice Cheribundi is a quick and easy drink to put together for a group of friends. It contains all of those fantastic spices we love in the winter and see in many of our favorite drinks. There is a slight twist, though, and once you get a taste of warm root beer you may just wonder where it has been all your life.
Be sure to try this one the next time there is a chill in the air and you have company over. You are sure to surprise them with the interesting flavors of this cocktail.
- Heat all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat until the liquid begins to simmer.
- Ladle into heated coffee cups.
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick and orange slice.
More Tips for Making a Great Mulled Spice Cheribundi
First of all, it should be noted that Cheribundi is a brand of cherry juice and it is one of the best available. Cheribundi specializes in creating a delicious tart cherry juice and has created a full line that blends it with other fruits.
Be sure that you are purchasing the original, straight cherry juice.
Bourbon is the whiskey of choice for this cocktail and almost any decent bourbon will work perfectly with the warm cherry and root beer mix. Good choices would include Woodford Reserve, Maker's Mark, and for a more robust bourbon, either Wild Turkey 101 or Knob Creek.
To contain the spices while making this drink, place them in a tea ball or bag and drop that inside the simmering liquid. This makes it easier to ladle the drink without getting nutmeg and allspice in every glass. Unless the cinnamon stick is small, it should not have to be contained.
The root beer is used in this recipe as an accent flavor in the same manner that the spices are used. Notice that just a 1/2 ounce is required against a 40-ounce batch, so it does not have the largest impact, but it does make a difference. Using root beer for a warm drink is a fantastic idea that can be taken into other recipes. Beyond cherry, it pairs very well with pomegranate and apple cider.
Keep this punch warm all day long by skipping the saucepan and use your slow cooker instead. Give the mix a blast of heat by setting the cooker on high for an hour or two, then turn the temperature to low and let it rest until it's gone. Not only is this an easy way to serve hot drinks throughout the day, but it makes the house smell wonderful.
This recipe makes about five 8-ounce servings and can easily be increased or decreased to fit the occasion. Be sure to keep the juice to whiskey ratio at 4:1.
How Strong is the Mulled Spice Cheribundi?
This is a very mild warm punch because the cherry juice is four times the volume of the whiskey. If an 80 proof whiskey is used it would weigh in at right around 9% ABV (18 proof).
Recipe Courtesy: Cheribundi
Edited by Colleen Graham