Jaye Wells

Jaye’s Drunk Cherries

Someone asked me on Twitter for my famous drunk cherries recipe. I use these for my Old Fashioneds, but they’re also great with ice cream or other desserts. These also make excellent gifts. Just make up a big batch, jar them, and put a fun label on them. Enjoy!

Jaye’s Drunk Cherries


1 1/2 lb. cherries(fresh is best, but you can buy frozen cherries from most grocery stores if cherries aren’t in season)

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup water

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

4 cardamom pods

2 whole cloves

2 whole allspice

1 cinnamon stick

1 cup brandy

1-quart jar with lid and seal

Put It Together:

Pit the cherries (or defrost if using frozen, pitted cherries)

Bring sugar, water, lemon juice, and spices to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until the mixture is slightly reduced and thickened, about 10 minutes.

Turn off the heat. Stir in the brandy and the pitted cherries.

Using slotted spoon, transfer the cherries to a 1-quart jar. Pour enough of the cooking liquid over the cherriesto cover them completely. Twist on lid.

To preserve: Process the lidded jars in boiling water for 10 minutes, let cool, and store in a cool, dark place (such as a cupboard) for at least 6 weeks before using. Once opened, keep chilled.

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