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How to Make a Sweet Cherry Vodka Sour Cocktail

By Rachel
March 28, 2024

How to make a sweet cherry vodka sour cocktail, this drink is perfectly sweetened and refreshing! Made with jarred cherries and their syrup, this has a vibrant color and couldn’t be any more simple! Add vodka of choice, lemon juice, and cherry syrup to a cocktail shaker and shake until combined. Add an egg white for a foamy topping. This vodka sour recipe is great for a girls night in, date night, or a day at the pool.

vodka cocktail on a serving tray

Highlights of this cherry vodka sour:

  • Simple ingredients
  • Fun and festive, perfect for gatherings
  • Can be made in a pitcher for easy batch cocktails
  • Perfect for seasonal cherries
  • Rich, vibrant color from the cherry syrup
  • Great vodka cocktail
  • Customizable
  • Lots of cherry flavor
  • Great for a happy hour at home or girls night
  • Crisp flavors
  • Using cherry syrup eliminates the need to make simple syrup
  • Good sweet and sour balance
glass of chilled vodka sour

Perfectly sweetened and vibrant, this tart cherry vodka sour is great for special occasions or a backyard barbecue!

Grocery Store List:

  • Regular vodka of choice, such as grey goose or Titos vodka
  • Fresh lemon juice, lime juice, or other fresh citrus juices
  • Simple syrup or syrup from Maraschino cherry or Morello cherries, could also use fresh cherries

Quick steps for this delicious cocktail:

  • Combine vodka, fresh squeezed lemon juice, cherry syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice
  • Shake to combine
  • Serve in a chilled glass with and garnish with cherries

A delicious summer cocktail with tart flavors, the pretty pink hue of the cocktail makes it great for valentine’s day

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What is the best vodka to use for a vodka sour?

This classic cocktail uses plain vodka, but you could use homemade cherry vodka, vanilla vodka, or strawberry vodka

What is a cherry vodka sour made of?

This cherry vodka sour is a mix of fresh lemon juice, simple syrup or cherry syrup, and vodka.

pink cherry vodka sours topped with cherries

Garnish Ideas & Variations for the cherry vodka sour recipe:

  • Fresh cherries
  • Add in a dash of angostura bitters or orange bitters
  • Serve over a large ice cube
  • Fresh lemons or lemon wedges
  • Jarred cherries in juice or syrup
  • Add a tablespoon of grenadine instead of cherry syrup
  • Add in cherry juice for more flavor

Instructions How to Make a Sweet Cherry Vodka Sour Cocktail:

  • In a cocktail shaker combine vodka, lemon juice, cherry syrup, and ice. Give it a quick shake. Strain into prepared cocktail glass with fresh ice cubes and garnish as desired with Maraschino cherries or other garnishes.


*Add in an raw egg white for a wonder frothy texture.

*Adjust sweetness as needed.

cherry vodka cocktails on a tray

How to Make a Sweet Cherry Vodka Sour Cocktail

5 from 7 votes
Servings 1 cocktail
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • 1 oz. Fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz. Maraschino or Morello cherry syrup
  • Ice
  • Maraschino or Morella Cherries for garnish


  • In a cocktail shaker combine vodka, lemon juice, cherry syrup, and ice. Shake well to combine. Strain into prepared glass and garnish as desired with cherries or other garnishes.


*Add in an egg white for a foamy topping if desired.
*Adjust sweetness as needed.


Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 175kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 1gFat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 17mgPotassium: 305mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 113IUVitamin C: 28mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
Author: The Hearty Life
Calories: 175kcal
Cost: $$
Course: Beverages, Cocktails
Keyword: Cherry, Holiday Drinks, Mixology, Simple Cocktails, Vodka, Vodka Cocktail, Vodka Sour

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jar of Morello cherries in syrup

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