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!

  • 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.

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.