Add Some Holiday Cheer with These Two Cocktails from Bar Virgile

Add Some Holiday Cheer with These Two Cocktails from Bar Virgile

Mixologist Daniel Sartain creates two Cheerwine-based cocktails for your next holiday soirée!

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  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 2 Dashes Regans Orange Bitters (optional)
  • .75 oz Cheerwine Syrup (see instructions*)
  • 2 oz Rye Whisky, (I like Rittenhouse)
Photo by Laura Hunter Creative.

Cheerwine Old Fashioned

Add ice – amount to preference. Stir for 5-7 seconds. Garnish with a swath of orange peel, squeezed over ice and wiped along the rim of the glass. Serves one.

*Cheerwine syrup: Boil 2 cups of Cheerwine for 15 minutes to let it reduce a bit. Add 1 cup of sugar, stir, and then let cool. For larger batches, simply double the ingredients.

Photo by Laura Hunter Creative.

The Fizz

Use a Collins/Zombie glass. Pour 3 oz of Cheerwine soda alone into the glass and let sit. In a cocktail shaker, pour all above ingredients. Dry shake (without ice) vigorously for 2 minutes. Add ice to the shaker, and shake again for 2 minutes. Pour the mixture into the Collins glass containing the soda.

When the shaken mixture hits the carbonated beverage, it will quickly foam. Gently pour a steady, light stream continuously until the drink begins to form a head. Let rest for 2 minutes. Gently pour any remaining mixture on top to create the elevated foam.

Garnish with mint and rose petal. Serves one.

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Amanda MacLaren
Amanda MacLaren is the executive editor of Durham Magazine. Born in Mesa, Ariz., she grew up in Charlotte and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in journalism. She’s lived in Durham for seven years. When she’s not at work, you can usually find her with a beer in hand at Fullsteam, Dain’s Place or Bull City Burger or getting takeout from Guasaca.