From New York to Michigan to Oregon, cherry season is in full swing, and back in Martha Washington's day that meant it was time to mix up a batch of cherry bounce--the first First Lady even documented her own version on husband George's stationary. Fortunately, that tradition lives on today, and now's the perfect time to make a batch yourself. An infusion of fresh cherries, sugar and spirit (typically brandy, whiskey or rum), cherry bounce offers a delicious taste of summer. And cocktail consultant Todd Appel has just the recipe. Fresh off a cherry-picking trip to Door County, Wisconsin, Appel updated the colonial classic to fuse plump, ripe cherries with rye whiskey and cane sugar for a taste of the season that'll last long after the last leaves fall from the cherry trees.
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