Brandied Cherries

Brandied Cherries
Though these cherries take 6 weeks to macerate, they'll keep in the fridge for up to a year. Used in many kinds of cocktails, they're equally good atop ice cream.Brooke Slezak

We found this gem of a recipe in Cherry Home Companion (Arbutus Press, 2002) by Patty LaNoue Stearns. It takes 6 weeks for results, but is well worth the effort.

Brandied Cherries
Not only wonderful to sip, this "cocktail" is delicious poured over vanilla ice cream or pound cake.
Yield: makes About 2 Quarts


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups brandy
  • 2 lb. fresh sweet cherries, stemmed and pitted


  1. Dissolve sugar in brandy in a sterilized 2–3-quart glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Add cherries. Cover jar and allow cherries to macerate in the refrigerator for 6 weeks. To serve, pour some of the brandy into a small glass and add a few cherries. Cherries will keep, refrigerated, for up to 1 year.