Kiwi Herman

by Erin

Kiwis and black cherries join together to create this beautifully delicious cocktail with no relation to Pee Wee Herman other than a fun play on words. Serve it at your next backyard cook out!

Kiwi Herman 1

Yesterday was National Hamburger Day which obviously took precedence over Thirty Thursday so instead we are now having Fermenting Friday! Fluid Friday? Frolicking Friday!? I don’t know, it’s Friday so let’s make a toast because I have a cocktail to share with you that my friend Haley and I concocted during a night of experimenting. After two grocery store runs (this is why we need to make lists and then actually remember to bring/use them) and distractions via “Chopped” on Netflix, we mixed up quite a few winning combinations. What can I say, we’re good at envisioning flavor combinations.

Kiwi Herman 3

But the real problem began when we tried coming up with names for the ones we liked. Without consulting the internet we dubbed them with various witty names only to discover that a few of them were already claimed after some Google searching. This cocktail recipe was one of them but since the drink name in question actually refers to a beer I figured it was safe to use it anyway. I contemplated changing it to “Kiwi’s Great Adventure” but after consulting others, decided that some may miss the Pee Wee Herman reference. The inspiration for this cocktail came from the kiwi simple syrup for the kiwi margaritas. While it doesn’t really have anything to do with Pee Wee Herman, it was a fun play on words.

Kiwi Herman 2

One year ago: Goat Cheese Spinach Artichoke Dip

Two years ago: Healthier Elote

Three years ago: Banana Peanut Butter Bread Pudding


Serves 1



1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

4 kiwis, peeled


1-1/2 oz. black cherry bourbon (I used Red Stag)

2 oz. kiwi simple syrup

2 oz. lemon-lime soda

Fresh cherry, optional


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar and water and bring to a boil, whisking until the sugar dissolves. Turn off the heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, add the kiwis to a food processor and blend until pureed. Add the cooled mixture to the food processor and blend until smooth. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge until ready to use. Can be stored for a week or so.
  3. Fill a glass with ice, and pour bourbon, kiwi simple syrup, and soda over the ice and stir. Garnish with a cherry if desired. Repeat for additional cocktails.

Source: The Spiffy Cookie original, with the assistance of Haley. Simple syrup from my Kiwi Margaritas.

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Louise from Delishogram May 31, 2015 - 11:04 am

I love the idea of using kiwi, I have never seen that before. So inventive!

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Medha @ Whisk & Shout May 29, 2015 - 9:34 pm

This looks awesome and as usual, totally unique! You’re super creative :)

Susan May 29, 2015 - 8:30 pm

Another intriguing recipe. I don’t know that I’ll ever have occasion to make it, but I’ve definitely saved it.


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