In the novella, Another Big Bust by Diane Kelly, North Carolina native Shae Sharpe loves to drink the cherry-flavored soda Cheerwine. According to the Cheerwine website, L.D. Peeler created Cheerwine in 1917 in Salisbury, North Carolina. He used a wild cherry flavor that blended well with other flavors. With a burgundy-red color and cheery disposition, the name “Cheerwine” simply made sense. The soft drink with a bubbly effervescence and cherry goodness became an instant hit, especially in Eastern states. It took a little searching to find Cheerwine in Texas, but I am so glad I found it.
The Cheerwine website has plenty of recipes, including appetizers, sauces, sides, mains, desserts, and cocktails. As tempting as the cocktails looked, I decided to go with dessert. I made a slight variation to the Cheerwine Brownie recipe and then I created a fantastic Chocolate Cheerwine frosting for a thick topping. These fudgy, rich brownies are the perfect combination of chocolate and cherry.