Brandy + Cherries = Cherry Brandy

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When Bi-Lo had gorgeous cherries on sale last week, I knew it was time to make brandied cherries. As I searched on the web for brandied cherries, it was a lot more complicated than I remembered. It involved cooking and canning, I was looking for something more like…place cherries in jar, add brandy, and let nature take it’s course. I eventually figured out that I didn’t want to make brandied cherries, I wanted to make cherry brandy. I’m not sure what the big difference is, other than one is more work than the other. Guess which one I chose?

The recipe that I found that I liked can be found here.

It’s really simple, you start with cherries, add sugar, top with brandy, seal and shake. Then in 3-6 months (if we can wait that long), you have cherry brandy (and some fabulous brandy infused cherries).

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To go with the leftover cherries, I made some homemade frozen vanilla yogurt. If you have a kitchen aid mixer, you really have to get the ice cream bowl attachment. It’s super simple.
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Comments

  1. Kate says

    I hope you plan on sharing the cherry brandy with me – seeing as how I am your favorite daughter.
    P.S. I like that first picture you took with the two figurians in the back. Very creative.

  2. Annika says

    Oh yum. Yum yum yum. I usually have wayyy too many blackberries and raspberries from my garden and the blackberry bushes at the edges of country roads around my house, so I make liqueurs out of them. Incredibly easy to do, but what do you do with this stuff when you don’t drink very much? And the same goes for raspberry jam and pies…too much of a good thing. Alas.

  3. melissa says

    i like the simplicity of the recipe, but do you have any information regarding how safe it is? do the jars need to be boiled etc? can raw cherries really keep several months in just alcohol?
    thanks!

  4. Pam says

    Melissa – I searched all over the internet and in books and decided that it sounded safe, but you’ll have to make that decision for yourself. I did run the jars through the dishwasher first. My grandmother did this all the time with peaches.