Cheerwine is known throughout the Carolinas and is expanding internationally. A North Carolina staple since 1917, young and old love it for it’s delightfully different cherry flavored taste. It has a bit more carbonation than other soft drinks and is best served the way it’s always been packaged – in a cold glass bottle.
Beyond its appeal as a refreshing soft drink, Cheerwine is right at home in the world of cooking as well. Through a variety of Cheerwine cakes, ice cream, sherbets, and even barbecue sauce, you can find plenty of ways to incorporate the soda into a recipe. Cola cakes have been around for sometime, but Cheerwine may be the only one that is mass-produced both in pound cake form and in doughnut form. Back in 2010, Cheerwine partnered with Krispy Kreme – another North Carolina company – and produced a Cheerwine-flavored doughnut.
In honor of Jimmy Tomlin’s essay on Cheerwine in the August 2013 issue, we propose adding another dish into the Cheerwine-as-ingredient canon: Cheerwine Cherry Cobbler. Using fresh cherries and cooking them in Cheerwine cola to concentrate the sweetness and flavor, we top the mixture with a crunchy crust and bake it in the oven. You’ll love it even more with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I hope you’ll enjoy this recipe for years to come.
Ready to give it a try? Let’s get cooking!
What you’ll need
1 to 2 pounds fresh cherries, pits and stems removed