Cherry Bomb Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Cherry Bomb cocktail is a fun and fruity drink that gained popularity in the 1980s. It is believed to have been created by a bartender named Cherry, who wanted to make a drink that was both sweet and strong. The Cherry Bomb quickly became a favorite among party-goers and is still enjoyed today by those who love a sweet, fruity cocktail.

  • The Cherry Bomb is often associated with 1980s pop culture and music
  • It is a popular choice for those who enjoy sweet, fruity cocktails
  • The drink is named after its creator, Cherry, and its explosive flavor

How Cherry Bomb Tastes?

The Cherry Bomb cocktail is a sweet, fruity, and slightly tart drink with a strong cherry flavor. It has a smooth, velvety texture and a vibrant red color that is sure to catch the eye.

Interesting facts about Cherry Bomb

  • The Cherry Bomb is sometimes referred to as a 'grown-up' Shirley Temple due to its sweet, cherry flavor
  • The cocktail is often served in a martini glass, giving it an elegant appearance
  • Some variations of the Cherry Bomb include additional fruit flavors, such as pineapple or orange


A few good options for Cherry Bomb are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Vodka is the backbone of the Cherry Bomb, providing a strong, clean alcohol base without overpowering the other flavors. At 1.5 oz, it's just enough to give the cocktail a kick without making it too boozy. Knock this down, and you might as well be sipping on cherry soda – and we're not here for a kiddie drink, are we?

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Cherry Liqueur

This cherry charmer adds depth with its rich, fruity flavor, and at 0.5 oz, it's a subtle nod to the cocktail's name without turning the drink into a cherry overkill. Skip it, and you'll miss the whole point – it's like Batman without his cape. Want a different twist? Swap it with amaretto for a nuttier touch.

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The grenadine is the sweet talker, adding color and a touch of pomegranate sweetness at just 0.5 oz to balance against the tart cherry and strong vodka. Too much, and it'll taste like you're drinking candy. Too little, and the cocktail loses its signature sweetness. Handle with care!

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Cola splashes in some effervescence and a familiar flavor that plays well with the deep cherry notes. At 2 oz, it's enough to fill the glass and your taste buds without turning the drink into a soda pop. Going without is like a burger without fries - sure, it's good, but you're missing out on the full experience.

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Maraschino Cherry

This little guy is more than just a pretty face; it's the cherry on top of your Cherry Bomb. It's the garnish that signifies, 'Yes, this is a cherry-themed drink' without saying a word. No cherry, and it's like a joke without a punchline.

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Lemon Twist

The zesty lemon twist cuts through the sweetness, adding a bright note and an aromatic allure. It's the garnish that says, 'I'm not just another sweet cocktail; I've got layers!' No twist, and you lose that touch of citrus sophistication.

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Recipe. How to make Cherry Bomb Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice
  2. Add 1.5 oz of vodka, 0.5 oz of cherry liqueur, and 0.5 oz of grenadine
  3. Shake well until chilled
  4. Strain the mixture into a martini glass
  5. Top with 2 oz of cola
  6. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and a lemon twist

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh ingredients for the best flavor. Freshly squeezed lemon juice and homemade grenadine can make a big difference.
  • Chill your glass before serving to keep your cocktail cold longer.
  • Shake well to properly mix all the ingredients and give your cocktail a smooth texture.

Perfect Pairings

Savory Snacks

Grilled meats: The sweetness and fizz from the Cherry Bomb cocktail pairs greatly with savory and slightly charred flavors from grilled meats.

Barbecue: A classic barbecue's smoky flavors contrast nicely with the sweetness of the cocktail, cleansing the palate.

Spicy Foods: The sweetness of the Cherry Bomb can balance out the heat from spicy dishes, creating a harmonious taste experience.


Chocolate Desserts: Chocolate and cherry are a match made in heaven, especially with rich desserts like chocolate lava cake.

Cheesecake: A classic cheesecake with its creamy texture can complement the fizzy and fruity notes of the Cherry Bomb.

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What you could change in Cherry Bomb

  • Vodka: You can substitute vodka with gin or rum for a different flavor profile.
  • Cherry Liqueur: If you don't have cherry liqueur, you can use a cherry-flavored syrup or a different fruit liqueur.
  • Grenadine: You can substitute grenadine with a simple syrup or a different fruit syrup.

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And of course - twists🍹

Cherry Bomb Royale

Ingredients: 1.5 oz Vodka, 0.5 oz Chambord, 0.5 oz Fresh Cherry Juice, 2 oz Champagne, Fresh Cherry Recipe: Substitute cherry liqueur with Chambord and grenadine with fresh cherry juice. Replace cola with champagne for a luxe sparkle. The result is a more sophisticated, less sweet, and effervescent twist fit for a celebration.

Sour Cherry Bomb

Ingredients: 1.5 oz Vodka, 0.75 oz Cherry Liqueur, 0.25 oz Lemon Juice, 2 oz Club Soda, Lemon Twist Recipe: Increase cherry liqueur for added depth, and add lemon juice for tartness. Top with club soda instead of cola. This twist will have a sharper cherry flavor with a refreshing citrus zing and less sweetness.

Dark Cherry Bomb

Ingredients: 1.5 oz Bourbon, 0.5 oz Cherry Liqueur, 0.5 oz Grenadine, 2 oz Root Beer, Orange Twist Recipe: Use bourbon in place of vodka for a deeper, smoky flavor. Switch cola for root beer to add a sarsaparilla twist. This version offers a richer, more complex profile that bourbon lovers will appreciate.

In case you forgot basics how to make Cherry Bomb

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Cherry Bomb

What is the best type of vodka to use when making a Cherry Bomb cocktail?

Any good quality vodka will do. Some people prefer using flavored vodka like cherry or vanilla for additional sweetness.

Can Cherry Bomb cocktail be made into a non-alcoholic drink?

Yes, you can create a non-alcoholic variant by leaving out the vodka and cherry liqueur and replacing them with more cola or cherry-flavored soda.

What kind of cherries are best to use as a garnish for a Cherry Bomb?

Maraschino cherries are traditionally used for cocktail garnishes because of their bright color and sweet flavor.

Do I need a special kind of glass for a Cherry Bomb cocktail?

While the Cherry Bomb cocktail is traditionally served in a martini glass, it can be served in any kind of glass. The important thing is to enjoy the drink.

How can I modify the Cherry Bomb cocktail to make it less sweet?

You can reduce the amount of grenadine or cola in the recipe. Alternatively, you can add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice for some acidity to balance out the sweetness.

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