Brandied Cherries

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These Brandied Cherries are a delicious alcoholic treat! Fresh cherry fruit soaked in a sweet brandy syrup. Use as a cocktail garnish or a condiment on dessert like ice cream.
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These Brandied Cherries are a perfect boozy and sweet addition to your cocktails and desserts!

Top view of a jar full of Brandied Cherries

Why You Will Love This Recipe

Ever since I started making my crazy-popular Homemade Cherry Jam, I have been making lots of recipes using cherries!

Making these cocktail cherries is so simple and they add such class and flavor!

Brandied cherries are a type of preserved fruit made by soaking cherries in a mixture of brandy, sugar, and sometimes additional flavorings.

The process of making brandied cherries involves preserving the cherries in alcohol, which not only imparts a unique flavor but also helps extend their shelf life.

I love making batches of these in cherry season. Especially as cocktail cherries for cocktail parties around the holidays!

What are they? Simply put, they are cherries soaked in a mixture of simple syrup and brandy. Like an elevated adult version of maraschino cherries. Yummers.

A jar of Brandied Cherries with cherries around it
A cocktail skewer with two Brandied Cherries on a counter

Instruction Overview

Making these cherries will take just a few minutes of work.

Looking for how to make your own homemade brandied cherries? First get all of your cherries washed with stems and pits removed.

When preparing the cherries, I highly recommend using a cherry pitter.

I am not a fan of one use tools in the kitchen, where a gadget is only good for one thing. But a cherry pitter makes it SO much faster and easier to pit a cherry, that it is completely worth it!

Then make your syrup on the stove by simmering water and sugar until it is dissolved over medium to medium high heat.

Add the half cup brandy, pour over the cherries, and you are done!

Brandied cherries need time in the refrigerator before using, ideally at least a day.

The syrup that these cherries sit in is very thin. You can use it, too!

If you want a thicker syrup like consistency, double up on the sugar with the same amount of water and brandy.

A spoon scooping a cherry out of the jar

Do brandied cherries need to be refrigerated?

Unless you are canning the cherries properly, they do need to be refrigerated.

A spoon with the fruit on a counter

Can I use frozen cherries?

Yes, you can use frozen cherry fruit for this recipe, however the texture will change.

Frozen fruit will release a lot more moisture, so you want to thaw and drain them before using.

And because of the freezing process, they will also be much softer.

So the frozen cherries version will work, but I recommend just sticking to fresh cherries wherever possible for the best possible product.

Brandied Cherries on top of ice cream in a bowl
A skewer of Brandied Cherries on top of a cocktail

How to use Brandied Cherries

My favorite way to use these cherries is as a cocktail cherry such as an Old Fashioned or mocktail garnish.

You can also scoop them onto ice cream or desserts, and even use the cherry juice syrup as a sauce.

FAQs

Are brandied cherries the same as maraschino cherries?

No. These brandied cherries are soaked in a liquor. Maraschino cherries that you find at the store are soaked in a sugar liquid.

Are cocktail cherries the same as brandied cherries?

Brandied cherries are a type of cocktail cherry.
Cocktail cherries tend to be categorized as either sweet, brandied, or sour.

Do brandied cherries go bad?

Eventually, yes, but brandied cherries have a long shelf life of 6-12 months.

Do brandied cherries need to be refrigerated?

Yes, they should be refrigerated.

A skewer of Brandied Cherries on top of the jar
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Brandied Cherries

These Brandied Cherries are a delicious alcoholic treat! Fresh cherry fruit soaked in a sweet brandy syrup. Use as a cocktail garnish or a condiment on dessert like ice cream.
5 from 12 votes
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Course: Condiment, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gluten Free, Holiday, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 20 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 355kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cherries (approximately 3/4 pound or 300 ounces)
  • cup sugar
  • cup water
  • ½ cup brandy

Instructions

  • Wash the cherries. Remove the stems and pits.
  • In a small pot over medium high heat, combine the water and sugar and simmer until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Add the brandy to the syrup mixture.
  • Put the cherries in a 16 ounce mason jar or other container and pour the liquid over the cherries.
  • Cover and refrigerate 24 hours before use. Keep up to 6 months in the refrigerator.

Notes

No need to use a nice brandy here since it is being added to the sugar and cherries – the complexity would be lost.
These cherries should last at least 6 months in the refrigerator. 
If you want a thicker syrup like consistency for the “sauce”, double up on the sugar with the same amount of water and brandy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 308mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 88IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
By on July 23rd, 2021

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Kim has grown up with a passion for cooking good food! You can find her in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes, making dog treats, and eating Italian food!

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10 thoughts on “Brandied Cherries”

  1. 5 stars
    I have been enjoying this recipe so much over ice cream at night. It gives it that extra flavor. Two go over ice cream, and two go to me to try them to make sure :). I just love this recipe. Thank you.

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  2. 5 stars
    Thanks. A Bottle in my kitchen will be surely done. The Brandied cherries looks so tempting and I love the description given by you to relishing these Brandied cherries.

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  3. 5 stars
    Your brandied cherries look perfect to go with my homemade vanilla ice cream. I love that it makes a syrup for drizzling. I know what I’ll be making this weekend, just need to get some brandy.

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  4. I made your brandied cherries to go with vanilla ice cream for a party I had and they were a big hit with all my guests! thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  5. 5 stars
    With my mind already thinking about holiday gifts, this is definitely top of the list! My family and friends will love this! These for cocktails and on top ice cream are on the menu this week!

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  6. 5 stars
    I have SO many cherries in the fridge because I overdid it at the farmers market haha. I am definitely making this this weekend, thank you so much for sharing 🙂

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