Homemade cherry brandy is so easy to make and bursting with fresh cherry flavor!
With only 2 ingredients and a few simple steps you can have this gorgeous, fruity and delicious cherry brandy!
Sip it on it's own or use it in cocktails!
Whenever I can find cherries at the grocery store, I always come back home with more than I could possibly eat.
That's a good thing, because one of my favorite things to do with cherries is to preserve them so I can enjoy them all year long.
A jar of Homemade Maraschino Cherries was sitting in my fridge waiting for the next cocktail.
Then I remembered this post for Cherry Brandy, which has been sitting on the blog since 2007, with bad photos and no recipe! Perfect to remake!
Brandy - use your favorite brandy.
Cherries - you can use sour cherries, but I like to use deep red bing cherries.
Note - there is no sugar in this. My original recipe had sugar in it, which gave it more of a cherry liqueur feel. I already have a Dark Cherry Liqueur recipe that I love, so what I wanted to create here was a cherry infused brandy.
Remove the stems from the cherries and place them in a jar.
Pour the brandy over the cherries.
Expert tip: You can make as much or as little cherry brandy as you'd like. The ratio is one pound of cherries to 3 cups of brandy.
Place a lid on the jar and store in a cool, dark place. I stored it in my garage, a pantry will also work.
Let steep for 2-3 weeks. Begin tasting at about 2 weeks to see if it has the desired flavor for you.
When the time is up, you'll need a strainer and a bowl to pour the brandy into.
Pour the brandy into a strainer.
You end up with cherry brandy and brandy infused cherries. We stored the cherries in the fridge and have been using them as a garnish for brandy cocktails.
Pour the cherry brandy into a lidded bottle. No need to refrigerate, you can store it at room temperature in a pantry.
This lasts almost indefinitely, but we try to use up all of our infused liquors within the year for best flavor.
This was so good! I can't believe I forgot about it and haven't made it since 2007!
I love just sipping it and pouring it over ice cream. I'll also be posting some brandy cocktails that you can use it in. It also makes a great gift!
More Fruit Infused Alcohol:
- 1/2 pound cherries
- 1 1/2 cups brandy
- Wash the cherries and remove the stems.
- Place the cherries in a jar and pour the brandy over them.
- Store in a cool, dark place for 2 to 3 weeks. Taste at 2 weeks and steep until desired strength is reached.
- Strain out the cherries and pour the brandy into a lidded bottle.
This was originally published in 2007 and has been updated for 2020.