I am really excited about christmas this year, it will be our first christmas as a married couple and that feels really special to me.

Cherry Lime Old Fashioned | rachaelsfoodielife.com

To celebrate christmas I wanted to make a cocktail that would encompass flavours that remind me a of christmas.

Cherry Lime Old Fashioned | rachaelsfoodielife.com

We’ve always had cherries for christmas, my mum and I both love cherries and here in Aus christmas is the best time of year for cherries. So I decided to make cherry infused bourbon.

Cherry Lime Old Fashioned | rachaelsfoodielife.com

Just look at the colour of it, it looks christmassy already.

Once I had the infused bourbon I started thinking about what kind of cocktail I wanted to make.

Cherry Lime Old Fashioned | rachaelsfoodielife.com

I love old fashioned’s they are so good and so easy to make exactly what I want in a cocktail this time of year.  I used the infused bourbon and cherry bitters (I used the recipe from How Sweet Eats to make my cherry bitters). Then when I went to grab an orange I realised we didn’t have any so I used lime instead this turned out to be the perfect addition.

Cherry Lime Old Fashioned | rachaelsfoodielife.com

This cocktail is sweet but so well balanced, it would be the perfect christmas eve cocktail.

Cherry Bourbon Old Fashioned

Makes: 1 cocktail

Ingredients

2 teaspoons caster sugar

3-4 drops cherry bitters

60ml Cherry Infused Bourbon

Lime twist

Cherry Infused Bourbon

300g cherries. pitted

500ml Bulleit Bourbon

Method

Place sugar, bitters and bourbon in a glass, stir until sugar is dissolved.

Add lime twist and large ice cube.

Cherry Infused Bourbon

Place the pitted cherries in a jar, pour in the bourbon. Put the lid on the jar, give it a good shake and place in a dark place.

Shake the jar daily and taste each day. I let mine infuse for a week because i wanted a strong cherry flavour.

When you are happy with the flavour, strain the bourbon off the cherries and into a clean bottle.

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