The Perfect Summer Cocktail

cherry bomb cocktail

The Fourth of July is quickly approaching which means barbecues, drinks and summer cocktails. It’s the perfect time to enjoy with your friends and family. If you’re hosting this year’s fireworks celebration, blow (pun intended) everyone away with the perfect summer cocktail. Our cherry bomb cocktail is perfect to enjoy anytime but it’s always just right for that summer fun.

the perfect summer cocktail

Cherry Bomb Cocktail

Yields: 2 servings


5-6 ice cubes
1 cup ginger ale
1/2 cup cherry vodka
4 Tablespoons grenadine
Red sanding sugar
Bing or maraschino cherries, to garnish

cherry bomb cocktail


Pour the red sanding sugar on a plate.

cherry bomb cocktail

Wet the rims of your serving glasses with water (or you could use a lime wedge). Dip each rim into the sanding sugar and coat evenly. Chill glasses for 15 minutes.

cherry bomb cocktail

Place 5-6 ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.

cherry bomb cocktail

Add the ginger ale, cherry vodka and grenadine. Place the lid on the cocktail shaker and SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE!

cherry bomb cocktail

Pour the cherry bomb mixture into the 2 chilled glasses, filled with ice.

cherry bomb cocktail

Garnish with Bing or maraschino cherries.

the perfect summer cocktail

Want the deliciousness without the alcohol? You can easily create a virgin cherry bomb cocktail by leaving out the vodka and it’s still a fabulous summer drink!

How do you celebrate during the summer? Do you have the perfect summer cocktail? Comment below and share your ideas with us!

the perfect summer cocktail

Melanie Kampman

Melanie Kampman is a web designer, developer and owner of Giveaway Bandit and Farm News for Kids. She lives in Northwest Missouri on a large family farm with her husband and eight year old son, the Giveaway Bandit. They raise cattle with a variety of pets including horses, chickens, ducks, and a slew of cats. By Melanie Kampman If you are interested in writing a sponsored post on Giveaway Bandit please email me at melanie (at) giveawaybandit (dot) com.

  1. Thanks for the post! I’m always looking for new ideas for great tasting cocktails for my best friend and I to enjoy when we get together in the summer to enjoy some rest, relaxation and much needed time together. Just added this one to the list ♥

  2. Yum! This Cherry Bomb summer cocktail not only sounds delicious, it looks so pretty! So perfect for the summer barbecues or just because. Pinned it so I don’t lose the recipe! I can see a trip to my local liquor store is in my future! Thanks!!

  3. This sounds like a super refreshing cocktail! I love cherries too, so it’s a win win! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

  4. We’re not big drinkers at our house, but even so, it’s nice to have something once in a while. My first thought is that this recipe is kind of like a grown-up version of the Shirley Temple. One thing we never lack at our house is maraschino cherries (my daughter loves them and her boyfriend buys them in bulk from Costco). I’ll have to try this!

  5. OOo, I love these flavors together. It reminds me of a grown up Shirley Temple, which were my favorite as a kid. Thank you for sharing!

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