Mulled Spice Cheribundi Cocktail Recipe

Mulled Spiced Cheribundi - Warm Bourbon and Cherry Drink
Warm and inviting, the Mulled Spiced Cheribundi is a whiskey punch you can serve at all your winter parties. Richard Jung / Photolibrary / Getty Images
  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 5 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
230 Calories
0g Fat
29g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 230
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Protein 2g
Calcium 25mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

When the winter winds begin to blow there are few things as comforting as a warm drink. Mulled wine has long been a favorite and if you are looking for something a little bit different, this bourbon and cherry juice cocktail is an excellent option.

Featuring bourbon whiskey, cherry juice, and holiday spices, the Mulled Spice Cheribundi is a quick and easy drink to put together for a group of friends. It contains all of those fantastic spices we love in the winter and see in many of our favorite drinks. There is a slight twist, though, and once you get a taste of warm root beer you may just wonder where it has been all your life.

Be sure to try this one the next time there is a chill in the air and you have company over. You are sure to surprise them with the interesting flavors of this cocktail.

This is a very mild warm punch because the cherry juice is four times the volume of the whiskey. If an 80 proof whiskey is used it would weigh in at right around 9% ABV (18 proof).


Steps to Make It

  1. Heat all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat until the liquid begins to simmer.

  2. Ladle into heated coffee cups.

  3. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and orange slice.


  • Bourbon is the whiskey of choice for this cocktail and almost any decent bourbon will work perfectly with the warm cherry and root beer mix. Good choices would include Woodford Reserve, Maker's Mark, and for a more robust bourbon, either Wild Turkey 101 or Knob Creek.
  • To contain the spices while making this drink, place them in a tea ball or bag and drop that inside the simmering liquid. This makes it easier to ladle the drink without getting nutmeg and allspice in every glass. Unless the cinnamon stick is small, it should not have to be contained.
  • The root beer is used in this recipe as an accent flavor in the same manner that the spices are used. Notice that just a 1/2 ounce is required against a 40-ounce batch, so it does not have the largest impact, but it does make a difference. Using root beer for a warm drink is a fantastic idea that can be taken into other recipes. Beyond cherry, it pairs very well with pomegranate and apple cider.
  • Keep this punch warm all day long by skipping the saucepan and use your slow cooker instead. Give the mix a blast of heat by setting the cooker on high for an hour or two, then turn the temperature to low and let it rest until it's gone. Not only is this an easy way to serve hot drinks throughout the day, but it makes the house smell wonderful.
  • This recipe makes about five 8-ounce servings and can easily be increased or decreased to fit the occasion. Be sure to keep the juice to whiskey ratio at 4:1.