Pour a glass of ice cold Cheerwine, every North Carolinian’s favorite cherry soda, and stir in a spot of vodka for a refreshing summer drink!
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I write a lot about other places on this blog, but there’s one state that’s pretty special to me: my native North Carolina.
Growing up, I loved sipping on the occasional Cheerwine, a burgundy-red cherry soda that’s still made in Salisbury, N.C.
Nicknamed the “nectar of North Carolina,” general store owner L.D. Peeler dreamed up this bubbly soft drink with a hint of wild cherry and it’s been a Carolina favorite ever since.
Most North Carolinians I know love Cheerwine and crave it even more if they live outside of the state.
One of my dad’s cousins used to not accept house guests from North Carolina unless they brought him a case of Cheerwine. Thankfully it’s available in all 50 states now!
Now they can make Cheerwine Bourbon Slushies anytime they please.
Anyway, it’s high time I made a North Carolina-centric cocktail with this soda, so I tried out a few before finally settling on a combination of Cheerwine, vodka and lime juice.
Cheerwine lovers will also adore this Cheerwine Old-Fashioned Cocktail.
If you can’t find Cheerwine where you live, you can either order it online or substitute any cherry soda (or pop, if you are so inclined).
Before taking a sip, raise your glass to my home state and recite the North Carolina State Toast.
So, here’s to the land of the longleaf pine… Cheers!
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (about half a lime)
- 6 ounces Cheerwine (about half a can or bottle)
- Lime wedge, for garnish (optional)
- Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour in vodka and lime juice.
- Top with Cheerwine. Stir gently. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve immediately.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 8 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 2gSugar: 22gProtein: 1g