Colorado Cherry Lime Punch Cocktail

Colorado Cherry Lime Punch

Colorado Cherry Lime Punch

How many of you remember an old-time soda fountain drink called cherry limeade?

I was reminiscing about the years when my lifelong friend, Burton Moore, was a soda jerk (he did advance to become Dr. Burton Moore) and he made me these really great sweet and tart drinks at our hometown drugstore/soda fountain. I called Burton to see if he remembered doing this and he immediately rattled off his original recipe (folks that was over 50 years ago).

His recipe was remarkably similar to the drink I am introducing here--except mine is the adult version. 

I call it the Colorado Cherry Lime Punch because of the Colorado ingredients I used: Golden Rum from CopperMuse in Fort Collins, Colorado, and Michigan Tart Cherry Liqueur made by Leopold Bros in Denver. Don’t be thrown by the Michigan cherries because the product is definitely made in Colorado.

Let me note, in passing, that Colorado has an impressive number of rum and liqueur producers--23 and 26 of them, respectively, are highlighted in the Guidebook to Whiskey and Other Distilled Spirits in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming (2018).

Of course, if you don’t have access to these Colorado products, search out quality rum and cherry liqueur from your area and name the cocktail accordingly! 

  • 2 oz rum

  • 1-1/2 oz cherry liqueur

  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice

  • 4 oz (approximately) tonic water

  • 1 lime slice

  • 2 high-quality maraschino cherries*

Fill a Collins glass with ice cubes then pour in rum, cherry liqueur and lime juice. Fill with tonic water and stir gently. Skewer lime slice and cherries and float on top as a garnish.

The balance I'm looking for in this recipe is for the notes of vanilla, molasses and caramel of the CopperMuse barrel-aged rum to come in first, then slowly giving way to the sweet tanginess of the Leopold Bros tart cherry liqueur and lime juice combination.

Thanks Burton, your limeade lives on but with a little extra “punch.”

*I'll reveal the secret recipe for my wife J’Ann’s Cocktail Cherries in an upcoming blog!