A boozy fire emanates from these drunken cherries that get better with age. Serve them with cheese or combine the cherry-infused bourbon with seltzer or other soda to make a special cocktail. Fill a 12-ounce rocks glass with ice, add 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) of the cherry-infused bourbon (or rum), top with seltzer and garnish with the bourbon cherries.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2010


Recipe Summary

15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Microwave bourbon (or rum) and brown sugar in a microwave-safe dish until hot, about 1 minute. (Alternatively, heat in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until hot.) Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Pack cherries into a small jar and pour the hot liquid over them; gently press on the cherries to make sure they are submerged. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 week or up to 1 month.



Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate for up to 1 month.

Nutrition Facts

33 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 5.3g 2% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 0.2g 1% DV; sugars 5g; fatg; saturated fatg; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 4.9IU; vitamin c 0.5mg 1% DV; folate 0.3mcg; calcium 4.4mg; iron 0.1mg; magnesium 1.2mg; potassium 22.7mg 1% DV; sodium 1.2mg; thiaminmg.

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Rating: 4 stars
Followed the recipe and let them marinate for a week for a cocktail!! Awesome addition to the cocktail. Super boozy though so don't eat too many!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I prefer the Cherries pitted but not sliced. The whole key to doing this is using high proof Bourbon. Wild Turkey 101 or similar. Pit cherries Pack in jar fill to the top with Bourbon and refrigerate. 2 week minimum but It then keeps in the fridge for at least a year. I mix cocktails and use the cherries as a garnish they become little booze bombs. If you want it sweeter add simple syrup to the cocktail. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Can this be kept in the freezer for a few months. I live in an area where the cherries are abundent now but I was thinking this would make great christmas present's for freinds and co-workers but we would not have cherries around that time. Let me know... Thanks! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
this is an OK way to go about it...my own preference is a bit different though...I like to PRESERVE cherries without refrigeration or freezing or molding worries...so I use one-half brandy-or-bourbon to one-half grain-alcohol-aka-'Everclear'...this produces a 135 proof (80 averaged with 190 proof) or 67% alcohol mix. No worries about needing to refrigerate/freeze THAT eh. Skip the sugar for now. Cut cherries in half pack in glass jars cover with hooch cap store in cupboard shake every week or two. Wait at least two months; three is better. Now strain the fruit and add sugar syrup to the hooch to dilute and sweeten to taste. Now it's a liqueur and you can put it in yer liquor cabinet like any bottle. You can also take the strained-out leftover FRUIT and cover IT with a heavy sugar/water syrup...that part prolly will need to be subsequently refrigerated though. It's good over ice cream or pie or what-not. Hope this is helpful! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I made this recipe and while the cherries were in the refrigerator for one week they rotted. Cherries are expensive and so is bourbon so I would not recommend this recipe. Read More