Brandied Cherry Recipe with Easy Canning and Cold Storing Tips

Enjoy preserving stone fruit with this easy brandied cherry recipe. Brandy soaked cherries are excellent in cocktails, over desserts, or with a simple bowl of ice-cream. Homemade cocktail cherries can be made with both, brandy and bourbon, making both equally delicious.

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A Simple Brandied Cherry Recipe for Homemade Cocktail Cherries

Fruit infused in alcohol, whether it’s brandy, bourbon, rum or vodka elevates the flavor of the fruit being preserved. The options for the type of fruit which can be preserved in alcohol is endless. However, nothing is as delicious as brandy soaked cherries. Well, other than home canned bourbon peaches.

Whether you plan on preserving brandied cherries for long-term shelf storage through canning or storing them in the fridge, just do it. Do not miss out on the opportunity to preserve boozy cherries.

I have included both means for preserving this brandied cherry recipe. The first, my recipe for brandy soaked cherries. The second, my recipe and tips for canning brandied cherries.

Preserving the Cherry Harvest

As much as I love this brandied cherry recipe there are many other methods available for preserving the cherry harvest. Here are my favorite preserving methods.

The benefits of reside in Washington state is the extended growing season for stone fruit. This allows me the opportunity to consume and preserve fruit from stone fruit growers in my state. The North West Cherries Growers of WA state produce and ship cherries across the country. You’ll not want to miss out on this opportunity to consume some amazing stone fruit from this organization!

Choosing the Best Brandy

Before beginning let’s talk about the type of brandy to use.

Let’s talk about the type of brandy to use. Some prefer a nice cognac for a smooth flavor. However, I chose a smooth medium price brandy which worked just as nice.  Regardless of price, cognac or not, stick with a brand which is smooth in flavor. This will eliminate creating a syrup which is harsh and unpleasant in flavor.

Preserving for Refrigerator Storage

If you have no intentions on canning brandied cherries feel free to make this refrigerator recipe. The alcohol will preserve the brandy soaked cherries up to a year as long as it is stored in the refrigerator.

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups Brandy
  • 2/3 cup granulated organic white sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 4 cups sweet cherries, washed, stemmed and pitted

Instructions

  1. Add the cinnamon stick and cloves to the brandy, allowing the mixture to infuse for a minimum of 6 hours
  2. In a medium saucepan add the brandy mixture and sugar, simmer on low and stir often. 
  3. Remove the pan from the heat, allowing it to sit for 15 minutes
  4. Pack the cherries into 2 pint size mason jars or 3 1/2 pint mason jars.  Pack them nicely, making sure to not crush the cherries
  5. Strain the brandy syrup over the cherries, removing any air bubbles, making sure to cover the cherries
  6. Place the lid on tight and store in the refrigerator, they will keep nicely up to a year

Note

Save any leftover syrup for making delicious cocktail beverages.

Canning Brandy Cherries

When you’ve been blessed with a large amount of sweet black Bing cherries preserving a small amount is a must. Canning brandied cherries is one method for preserving this delicious summertime stone fruit, however, there are more options available.

This preserving method allows for brandy soaked cherries to be made shelf stable, freeing up refrigerator space. Canning brandy cherries eliminates the alcohol potency due the processing time. However, the full flavor of the brandy remains.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup brandy
  • 6 lbs sweet cherries, washed, stemmed, pitted
  • 1/2 cup granulated organic white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup water

Equipment

Instructions

  1. In a heavy bottom saucepan combine the sugars, water and lemon juice
  2. Bring syrup to a boil, stirring often until the sugar has dissolved
  3. Add cherries and simmer until the cherries have heated through
  4. Remove from heat, stir in brandy
  5. Using a slotted spoon ladle cherries into pint size jars
  6. Add brandy syrup to jars leaving a 1/4 headspace, remove air bubbles and top the jar with additional syrup if needed
  7. Process in a water bath or steam canner for 15 minutes, adjusting for altitude. See processing times below.
0-1,000 ft1,001-3,000 ft3,001-6,000 ftAbove 6,000 ft
Hot PackPints15 mins20 mins25 mins30 mins
Quarts20 mins25 mins30 mins35 mins
Processing times based on altitude

Add the boozy berries to adult cocktails, cakes, pastries, and over ice-cream.

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Brandied Cherry Recipe with Canning Tips

Enjoy preserving stone fruit with this easy brandied cherry recipe. Brandy soaked cherries are excellent in cocktails, over desserts, or with a simple bowl of ice-cream. Homemade cocktail cherries can be made with both, brandy and bourbon, making both equally delicious.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
15 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Canning
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brandied cherry recipe, brandy soaked cherries, canning brandied cherries, homemade cocktail cherries
Servings: 6 pints

Equipment

  • cherry pitter
  • 6 1/2-pint mason jars
  • steam canner or hot waterbath canner
  • Air Bubble Remover
  • mini slow cooker, to warm lids
  • jar lifter
  • non-reactive heavy bottom pot, copper jamming pot, stainless steel pot, or enamel cast iron pot

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup brandy
  • 6 lbs sweet cherries washed, stemmed, pitted
  • 1/2 cup granulated organic white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

Instructions

  • In a heavy bottom saucepan combine the sugars and water
  • Bring syrup to a boil, stirring often until the sugar has dissolved
  • Add cherries and simmer on high until the cherries have heated through
  • Remove from heat, stir in brandy
  • Using a slotted spoon ladle cherries into pint size jars
  • Add brandy syrup to jars leaving a 1/2-headspace, remove air bubbles and top the jar with additional syrup if needed
  • Using a clean damp dishtowel wipe rims of jars, add warmed ligds and rings to finger tight
  • Process in a water bath or steam canner for 15 minutes, adjusting for altitude (see chart in blog)

Boozy fruit is a fun, and tasty, means for preserving fruit. Enjoy homemade cocktail cherries any way you wish, they’re that delicious!

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Comments

  1. Debi says

    Why isn’t the Brandy syrup the same for both ways of making the Brandied Cherries? Can you make the cinnamon clove and brandy syrup for the canned brandied cherries?

  2. VANESSA KUMMER says

    So confused. You list organic white sugar, and then just regular brown sugar.
    The reality is, there is no reason to use organic sugar at all. I have enjoyed looking at your recipes and following your site, but I am not into encouraging people to spend more to seek out organic. There is pesticide use with organically raised crops also.

    • Ann Accetta-Scott says

      In response to using an organic sugar in combination of brown sugar. Brown sugar can easily be made at home using organic sugar and molasses if you’d like to give it a try. And in truth, you have a choice on whether you’d like to use organic goods or not, that’s what I had on my pantry and what I used when I created the recipe. I do know, and speak often on the marketing propaganda of organic labeling verses certified organic labeling.

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