North Carolina’s Cheerwine Gets the Cocktail Treatment

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A Tarheel State–inspired twist on the classic gin and tonic

Photo: Margaret Houston

“My wife and I are huge Avett Brothers fans and when they did the Cheerwine Giveback Concert [in Charlottesville, Virginia], I had never heard of Cheerwine,” says barman Todd Thrasher of Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, Virginia. “When I tasted it for the first time, I really wanted to use it in a cocktail.” His solution: Pair it with Cardinal Gin (another North Carolina-based company), preserved cherries, and—of course—a splash of tonic for an extra-fizzy G&T.


  • The Avetts Made Me Do It

    • 1 ½ oz. Cardinal Gin

    • 2 ½ oz. tonic water

    • ½ oz. Cheerwine

    • preserved cherry for garnish


  1. Fill a highball glass with ice, pour in ingredients, and stir.

Recipe from Todd Thrasher of Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, Virginia.