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Behind the bar-The Northern Baptist


It's summer and sour cherries are in season!! I'm sure you have a fridge full of them, am I right??? Well I do, sooo making a drink is the perfect reason to use all those red beauties and get smashed at the same time. 

This recipe is a variation on a Presbyterian (Scotch, Club Soda and Ginger Ale). Some say is was called this because you could drink it at a church picnic and it just looked like iced tea. So sneaky!! Kenny and I used Bourbon, Luxardo marinated cherries and Vernors soda in ours to kick it up a few million notches. That Vernors packs a PUNCH!!

Kenny named ours the Northern Baptist to give a node to the northern Michigan orgins of Vernors Soda and staying in the religious theme Baptist just seemed like a damn good religion to pick.  I couple of these babies and you may just be a believer.


5-10 Luxardo Marachino Cherries with 1/2 oz syrup-Here is the recipe.  It is super easy and everyone will be so impressed and think you are a cherry goddess, but it takes about 2 to 3 days to really marinate.   If you don't have time, buy the Luxardo cherries pre-made or regular maraschino cherries are ok, it will just be sweeter so reduce cherries and syrup used.

2 oz Bourbon- We used Templeton Rye. It's pricey but delicious. This stuff is SO good, drink it straight...if that's your thing. A lesser quality of bourbon is okay, after all this is a mixed drink and you're not going to taste all  the beautiful flavors of the top shelf stuff.

2-4oz Vernors Soda- Okay so this stuff if pretty hard to find, almost impossible here is New York. I found it at the Court Street Market in Carroll Gardens Brooklyn. You have to taste this stuff, SO GOOD. If you love ginger ale you will freak out over it.  You peeps from Michigan know what I mean.  If you can't find it, use a good quality ginger ale.

oh and of course ice

 Okay now lets get on with it.....

-Muddle the cherries and syrup in a shaker. add a hand full of ice and the bourbon.

-shake it all up

-pour all into a glass (no need to strain, all those muddled cherry bits are delicious)

-Top with remaining Vernors or gingerale.  

-Garnish with a few cherries on top, cause it looks pretty and no one wants a tasty drink to feel ugly.

Serve and Enjoy!

Photos by Danielle Malmgren