Cheerwine is a nostalgic soft drink for many folks who grew up in the South, and their continued love for the sugary beverage into adulthood is the bona fide definition of a cult following. Josh Seaburg of Saltine—a Norfolk, Virginia seafood restaurant with a garden-to-glass cocktail program—has been devoted to the beverage since his teenage years. “I've been drinking Cheerwine since high school,” Seaburg says. “I'm a big fan of highly-carbonated drinks, so the ripping bubbles have always been a favorite.” He decided to give the drink a tropical tinge with vanilla-forward Plantation 5 Star Rum and tangy, fresh lime juice. “I also added Pimm's, a gin-based, bittersweet liqueur to add a little complexity,” he says. Served tall over plenty of ice with fresh citrus garnishes, this delicious drink is our new go-to when we’re in need of something ridiculously refreshing.
- 1.5 oz Rum
- .5 oz Pimm's
- .75 oz Lime juice
- Orange twist
- Lime wheel
Combine rum, lime juice and Pimm’s in a shaker tin. Add ice, and shake.
Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice.
Top with Cheerwine, and garnish with an orange twist and a lime wheel.
Contributed by Josh Seaburg