Sweet cherry and bitter coffee marry and have a love child in this coffee-forward cocktail. Because it leans so heavy with the additional liqueurs, you can use rum or vodka as a base spirit here. However, I strongly suggest whiskey because it adds vanilla notes to the cocktail. For a coffee orange alternative, see the notes below.
½ozcherry liqueur(I had Cherry Heering. Luxardo Marachino would make it less sweet)
2ozbourbon or rye whiskey
Garnish: cherries and a sprig of mint
Place the cherries and the coffee syrup in the bottom of a shaker. Muddle to release the juices from the cherries. Add the cherry and coffee liqueurs and the whiskey. Fill with ice and shake until very cold. Strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice and garnish with a few cherries and a spring of mint, lightly spanked.
Coffee Orange Smash ½ orange, with peel, sliced or quartered ½ oz coffee simple syrup ½ oz orange liqueur ½ oz coffee liqueur 2 oz bourbon or rye whiskey Garnish: fresh orange slices and a sprig of mint Assemble according to directions above.**Coffee syrup: 1 cup strong or cold brew coffee or espresso and 1 cup sugar. Combine warmed coffee with sugar and stir until fully dissolved. Let cool and refrigerate. Will keep for 2 to 4 weeks. Longer if you add a touch of vodka to the simple syrup.