cheers to the freakin’ weekend!!! i keep hoping things will be less crazy but everything is so nuts at the moment. i actually read an article that around the middle of the year is when people are most stressed and this year i believe it! so let’s talk about self care for the weekend – starting with taking time out to sit and enjoy a cocktail like this cherry vanilla bourbon smash

Cherry Vanilla Bourbon Smash |

it’s no secret that i love bourbon and i love mixing it with fruit flavors. this cherry vanilla bourbon smash is all my favorite flavors in glass. it’s fresh and fruity and bold. just perfection, my new obsession. i can’t stop making it, it’s so simple to pull together and with this week being nuts simple drinks like this that allow me to wind down after a crazy day have been my savior.

what’s your mid week self care go to? i tend to go for a easy cocktail and meditation, but i like to change things up and would love to hear your suggestions!

Cherry Vanilla Bourbon Smash |

we are having friends over tomorrow night for dinner and i’m going with a chritsmas in july theme so these pretty red cocktails will feature for sure. when i’m entertaining i love a no fuss cocktail i can serve my guests so it’s gotta be a make ahead cocktail jug or punch or if it’s by the glass i have no patience for anything that takes longer than 10 minutes to make.

Cherry Vanilla Bourbon Smash | rachaels

these start with muddling cherries, sugar and vanilla bean paste together. then you add a few drops of bitters, the bourbon load up the glass with crushed ice and top off with soda water. which means you can whip up 6 of these in minutes, they are made for easy entertaining.

are you or have you taken part in any christmas in july festivities? or do you wait until christmas and then unleash all the holiday cheer? i am already planning christmas recipes to share with you so if there is anything you want to see let me know!

Cherry Vanilla Bourbon Smash |

if you make this recipe or anything else from rachael’s foodie life, make sure to post it and tag me so i can see all of your creations!

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Cherry Vanilla Bourbon Smash |

cherry vanilla bourbon smash

Servings 1 easily multiplied


  • 5 cherries, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 4-5 drops bitters
  • 1 & 1/2 ounces bourbon
  • crushed ice
  • soda water


  1. place the cherries, sugar and vanilla bean in a glass and muddle together well. add the bitters and bourbon. fill the glass with crushed ice and top up with soda water. stir gently and enjoy!

Cherry Vanilla Bourbon Smash |

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