Cherry Julep

This cherry julep recipe is courtesy of MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and is made using cherries, a PUG Muddler, a Swing-A-Way ice crusher, a Tap Icer, and a Vita-Mix blender.

  • Yield: Makes 2 cocktails
Cherry Julep

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, February Winter 2009


  • 3 maraschino cherries, preferably French cherries in Kirsch brandy
  • 1 teaspoon maraschino cherry juice, preferably from French cherries in Kirsch brandy
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce sloe gin, preferably Plymouth
  • 1 ounce cherry brandy, preferably cherry Heering
  • Ice cubes
  • Cracked ice
  • Seltzer
  • 1/2 lemon slice, for garnish


  1. In a mixing glass, muddle together cherries, cherry juice, sugar, and lemon juice. Add gin, sloe gin, and cherry brandy. Add ice cubes and stir, at least 30 seconds, to combine. Fill a rocks glass with cracked ice; strain cocktail over cracked ice. Top with seltzer and garnish with lemon slice. Serve immediately.


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