February is "National Cherry Month" and what better way to celebrate its rich history by trying Southern Comfort's new cherry flavor. In 2012, by reclaiming their roots as an original flavored spirit with fruit (peaches), honey, spices and whiskey, Southern Comfort introduced Bold Black Cherry after 138 years of unique expertise went into this original concoction that is now available in the US, UK, and Ireland. Southern Comfort grew from its birthplace in New Orleans to a spirit enjoyed around the world by itself or in mixed cocktails.
Some fun facts about cherries:
- The word ‘cherry’ comes from the Turkish town of Cerasus.
- Turkey produces more cherries than any other country in the world. The United States comes in second.
- In the US, there are more than 1,000 varieties of cherry trees, almost all blossoming over a three-week time frame in late May/early June.
- Approximately 300 million pounds of cherries come from the US yearly, with about 75% coming from Michigan.
- Cherries were named state fruit of Utah in 1997.
- The cherries from an average cherry tree are enough to make 28 cherry pies
To commemorate National Cherry Month, Southern Comfort is offering up the delicious cherry cocktail recipes on their website to sip on during the month of February. I will provide you with some of my favorite Southern Comfort Black Cherry recipes.
Southern Comfort Cherry Cola
- 1.5 oz. Southern Comfort Black Cherry
- fill with cola
Preparation: Combine all ingredients in glass and stir.
Glass: Tall glass or Collins glass
Southern Comfort Cherry Manhattan
- 2 1/2 oz Southern Comfort Black Cherry
- 1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 4 dashes of bitters
Preparation: Combine all ingredients in mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into chilled cocktail glass. If served on the rocks, build in a large rocks glass.
Glass: Cocktail glass or large rocks glass
Chocolate Covered Cherry
- 1 oz Southern Comfort Black Cherry
- 1/2 oz Godiva Chocolate liq or Dark Creme de Cacao
- splash of half-n-half cream
- splash of grenadine for color
Preparation: Combine all ingredients in shaker over ice. Shake and strain into a shooter or cordial glass. Best drank as dessert
Glass: Shooter glass or Cordial glass
Garnish: None. Cherries on the side to eat when finished