Cheerwine Cocktail: The Red Delicious

This Cheerwine cocktail combines the North Carolina soda with apple brandy, Campari, vermouth and maraschino liqueur for a smooth and nuanced sipper. “When Atlanta is in full bloom, I love having this drink on my porch when I get home from work,” says Atlanta bartender Tim Faulkner. “I really enjoy the combination of sweetness, earthiness and bitterness.”

1½ oz. apple brandy
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Noilly Prat Rouge vermouth
1 barspoon maraschino liqueur
Cheerwine
Tools: barspoon, shaker, strainer
Glass: Collins
Garnish: cherry (fresh or marasca)

Shake the first 4 ingredients with ice, then strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with Cheerwine, then garnish.

Timothy Faulkner for Holeman & Finch Bottle Shop, Atlanta