holy hand grenade

from Stacey Roy, aka The Nerdy Bartender

Inspired by the famous Monty Python weapon, Stacey makes her most dangerous cocktail yet.



•2oz bourbon

•1 tbsp fig jam

•angostura bitters



Brandied Cherries

½ lemon

½ cup white sugar

½ cup brown sugar

½ lb cherries

cinnamon, vanilla



Ice Grenade

•ice sphere mold

•cherrywood chips


  • Pour water into your sphere mold; pop it into the freezer for about 1½ hours, then flip it and freeze for another 1½ hours.

  • Simmer the syrup ingredients (lemon, sugars, cinnamon, and vanilla). Then strain the cooled simple syrup over pitted cherries, pour in the brandy, and seal.

  • Carefully poke a hole into the top of the sphere, extract the water and pop back into the freezer until ready to use.

  • In stirring glass, add a bar spoon full of fig jam, a bar spoon of hot water , add bitters and bourbon.

  • Cut a cross shaped orange garnish, and attach to a toothpick with your brandied cherry. Then lay a slice of orange at the bottom of the glass to stabilize your ice grenade.

  • Fill ice grenade with cherrywood smoke, and set into glass with garnish. Add ice to cocktail ingredients and stir, then strain over grenade.
  • Pull the pin and enjoy! 
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