Whiskey Cherry Cola

By / Photography By Candi Mckinney | August 25, 2015



Combine the water, all citrus zest (save the juice for later), cinnamon, lavender, and nutmeg into a large saucepan. Whisk together, add sugar and bring to a boil. Continue to stir until the sugar is dissolved and then stir in molasses. Boil the mixture for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the citrus juice, vanilla and almond extract. Let the mixture cool and strain in a clean container. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.


In a Collins glass filled with ice, add 1 ounce of rye, 2 ounces cherry cola syrup, top with soda water and stir. Syrup amounts may be adjusted to preferred sweetness.


  • 2 cups of water
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lime
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
  • Juice and zest of 1 orange
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (broken into pieces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried lavender flowers
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 pound sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons almond extract
  • 1 ounce rye or preferred whiskey
  • 2 ounces cherry cola syrup
  • 6 ounces soda water
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