The sweetest cherry vodka sour cocktail

A martini-style cocktail glass with a gold rim, filled with a red cocktail topped with a pink egg white foam and garnished with maraschino cherries on a cocktail pick.

If you’re the sort of person who loves going all out on Valentine’s Day AND you also love a good theme party, then this cherry vodka sour cocktail recipe is right up your alley.

It’s just like the perfect valentine for your person: Sweet, pink and a little fancy.

Not too fancy, mind you. Just fancy enough to let you know you’re special. It’s all about the egg white foam on top. Which might sound strange, but people have been mixing egg whites into cocktails for decades. And trust us—it’s amazing.


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Cherry Vodka Sour Cocktail Ingredients  

Note: If you’re looking to enjoy this cocktail with a special someone, you’ll want to double the amounts listed below. 

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 ½ oz maraschino cherry juice
  • ¼ tsp simple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • ice
  • maraschino cherries and/or lemon twist for garnish (optional)

Cherry Vodka Sour Cocktail Mixing Directions  

In a 3-piece cocktail shaker, add vodka, juices, simple syrup, egg white and ice. Place the strainer and the cap on the shaker.

Holding the cap on with a firm grip, shake for about 5 seconds. 

Lift the lid to allow any pressure from the expanding egg foam to escape, then replace the lid and shake for 5-10 more seconds.

Finally, remove the lid and strain into a cocktail glass. As the cocktail settles, the foam will rise to the top. Garnish with cherries or a lemon twist if desired.

Try this Cherry Lemon Fizz for a non-alcoholic version  

Not drinking alcohol or want to make a version for kids? Not a problem! We came up with this Cherry Lemon Fizz recipe for folks who don’t want to (or shouldn’t) imbibe. 

To make it, combine:

  • 2 oz lemon-lime soda
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz maraschino cherry juice
  • ½ an egg white (about 1/2 an ounce)
  • ice


Add all the ingredients to a 3-piece cocktail shaker. Give it just 3-5 good shakes and immediately lift the lid to release pressure—the carbonation from the soda makes the pressure build much faster!

Replace the lid and continue shaking for approximately 5 seconds, removing the lid to release pressure as needed. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve with chosen garnishes.

Looking to pair this cocktail with a treat? Or serve it at a party? We’ve got all those ideas covered right here.