Cherry julep made with gin, cherry brandy, lemon juice and grenadine
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5 from 2 votes

Cherry Julep cocktail

A refreshing and pretty gin-based cocktail that's perfect for summertime! This recipe serves two.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Continental
Keyword: Cherry Brandy Cocktail, Cherry Julep, Gin Cocktail, Summer Gin Cocktail
Servings: 2
Calories: 127kcal
Author: Lucy Parissi | Supergolden Bakes


  • 1 lemon juice only
  • 2 tsp grenadine
  • 2 tsp simple syrup
  • 100 ml | 3.5 fl ounces gin
  • 50 ml | 1.8 fl ounces cherry brandy
  • Soda water to top up optional
  • Lemon strips to decorate or mint leaves to garnish
  • 2 cherries to garnish
  • Crushed ice to serve


  • Put the ice in a cocktail shaker and add the lemon juice, grenadine, sugar syrup, gin and cherry brandy.
  • Shake vigorously until a frost forms on the cocktail shaker.
  • Strain into two highball or rocks glasses filled with crushed ice. Top up with soda water if desired and stir.
  • Garnish with lemon strip or fresh cherries, add a paper straws and serve.


HOW TO MAKE CRUSHED ICE: Put plenty of ice cubes in the middle of a clean lint-free tea towel. Close up the towel around the ice and use a rolling pin to crush it into small pieces. Use immediately.
HOW TO MAKE CHERRY BRANDY: A pretty easy way to make cherry liquor using cherries and brandy or vodka. Fill a clean large jar (1 quart jar) with 225g (1 cup) pitted cherries. I usually use frozen pitted cherries, defrosting them first.
Add 200g (1 cup) sugar and half a cinnamon stick. Gently muddle the cherries with end of a clean rolling pin then top with 1 bottle of vodka (750ml) or a mix of vodka and brandy if you prefer. Seal the jar and shake. Put in a cool dark place for a week, turning over daily.
Strain the liquid through a fine sieve into a clean bottle and store in the fridge to use in cocktails. Discard the cherries.


Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin C: 29.2mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.6mg