I've been on a bit of a bourbon kick and this cocktail is so simple to put together. You could make your own simple syrup... but I just purchased mine pre-made. At least I bought the kind with the simplest ingredient list :)
You have to kind of enjoy the taste of alcohol to like this one, it's not a "girly" drink. Not that there is anything wrong with those, I will be buying a party pack of Smirnoff Ice drinks for the summer so who am I to judge?Ingredients:
4 oz Bourbon
2 oz Simple Syrup
4 dashes Bitters*
Pour your simple syrup, your bourbon, and your bitters into a cocktail shaker. Add a handful of ice. Stir or shake (I have done both ways and I kind of like the way it tastes after shaking it, not sure if that is kosher or not but whatever) for 40 seconds and pour into a glass. Add a cherry (or two or three...) and there you go.
*The labels on this brand of bitters are over-sized due to a communication error back when they got started. They just never bothered to correct the size as it became a thing for their brand.