Cherry Cobbler Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:14%

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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 Cobbler cocktail is a classic American drink that dates back to the 19th century. It was first introduced in Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide in 1862. The Cherry Cobbler quickly became popular among the upper class and was often served at fancy parties and social gatherings.

  • The name 'Cobbler' refers to the crushed ice used in the drink, which gives it a 'cobbled' appearance.
  • The Cherry Cobbler is a versatile cocktail that can be easily customized with different fruits and spirits.

How Cherry Cobbler Tastes?

The Cherry Cobbler cocktail is a delightful mix of sweet, tart, and fruity flavors. The combination of cherry brandy, fresh cherries, and lemon juice creates a refreshing and tangy taste, while the sugar and crushed ice add a touch of sweetness and a smooth texture.

Interesting facts about Cherry Cobbler

  • The Cherry Cobbler is often considered a 'summer' cocktail due to its fruity flavors and refreshing nature.
  • The use of crushed ice in the Cherry Cobbler helps to dilute the strong flavors of the cherry brandy, making it a more approachable drink for those who may not typically enjoy strong cocktails.
  • The Cherry Cobbler can be easily customized with different fruits, such as raspberries or blackberries, to create new and exciting variations.


Cherry Brandy

The star of the show, Cherry Brandy brings a rich, fruity depth to the cocktail. 2 oz is the sweet spot – not too boozy, not too shy. Without it, you'd lose the cobbler in Cherry Cobbler.

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Fresh Cherries

Cherries are both the look and the spirit of this concoction. Muddling 6 releases juices for that fresh taste. Using less, or heaven forbid, the maraschino imposters, would be the pits!

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Lemon Juice

0.5 oz to add a zing! This citrus twist cuts through the sweetness, balancing the cocktail. Skip it, and you might as well be sipping syrup!

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Simple Syrup

Half an ounce is all you need for a touch of sweetness without turning your cocktail into cherry syrup. If you skip it, the lemon might overpower the cheer in cherry.

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Crushed Ice

1 cup chills the drink and melds the flavors on shaking. If you omit it, you could end up with a lukewarm mess rather than a cool, refreshing delight.

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Mint Sprig

The garnish is more than just window dressing. It adds a subtle aroma, enhancing every sip. No mint might mean missing out on the 'Ahh' after the sip.

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Lemon Wheel

A garnish that adds visual appeal and a hint of zesty fragrance. Skip this, and your cocktail loses that 'gram-worthy look and extra citrus nose.

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Recipe. How to make Cherry Cobbler Drink

  1. In a shaker, muddle the fresh cherries to release their juice.
  2. Add the cherry brandy, lemon juice, and simple syrup to the shaker.
  3. Fill the shaker with crushed ice and shake well to combine the ingredients.
  4. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with fresh crushed ice.
  5. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wheel.

Pro Tips

  • Muddle the cherries well to extract maximum flavor.
  • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for a brighter, fresher taste.
  • Chill your glass before serving for an extra refreshing cocktail.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Boards: A selection of soft cheeses like Brie or Camembert complements the sweet and tart profile of the Cherry Cobbler cocktail.
  • Barbecue Pulled Pork Sliders: The acidity from the lemon juice will cut through the richness of the pork, making a refreshing counterbalance.


  • Chocolate Fondue: Dark chocolate and cherry flavors are a classic pairing that will surely dance delightfully on your palate.
  • Almond Biscotti: The nuttiness of almonds and the fruitiness of cherries work well together, offering a crunchy contrast to the smooth cocktail.

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What you could change in Cherry Cobbler

  • Cherry Brandy: Can be replaced with any other fruit brandy or a neutral spirit like vodka.
  • Fresh Cherries: Other berries like raspberries or blackberries can be used.
  • Lemon Juice: Lime juice can be used for a different citrus twist.

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Black Cherry Cobbler

  • Swap out cherry brandy for black cherry liqueur and use black cherries. This darker cousin will bring a more intense, deep cherry flavor to your glass.

Frosted Cobbler

  • Blend the ingredients with ice instead of shaking to make a slushy version. Perfect for those who want to spoon their way to happiness.

Spiced Cherry Cobbler

  • Add a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg to the shaker for a warming twist. This version will hug your taste buds with every sip during those chilly evenings.

In case you forgot basics how to make Cherry Cobbler

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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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.

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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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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 Cobbler

What kind of glass should I use for serving Cherry Cobbler?

You should ideally use a rocks glass for serving the Cherry Cobbler cocktail. Its wide brim allows the aroma of the cocktail to reach your nose, enhancing the overall sensory experience.

Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh ones?

While you can use bottled lemon juice, it is always better to use fresh ingredients in cocktails for the best taste. Fresh lemon juice adds a vibrant tang that is hard to replicate with processed varieties.

Can I use frozen cherries instead of fresh ones?

Yes, you can use frozen cherries if fresh cherries aren't available. Make sure to thaw and drain excess water from the cherries before you muddle them.

What can be served alongside Cherry Cobbler?

The fruity and refreshing flavors of Cherry Cobbler cocktail pairs well with light appetizers such as cheese platters, fruit skewers or salads.

Can I prepare Cherry Cobbler without alcohol?

Yes, you can prepare a non-alcoholic version of Cherry Cobbler. Simply replace the cherry brandy with a non-alcoholic variant or cherry juice.

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