Cherry cocktail

Drink your cherries!

Cherry season is here! Instead of baking with them, why not make a cocktail? Have happy hour and dessert all in one with this homemade cherry liqueur.

Cherry liqueur is easy to make; it just takes a little time. Once it's ready, you can use it as the base for lots of fun summery cocktails. Bing cherries give this liqueur just the right amount of sweetness.

Homemade cherry liqueur

Yields about 1 cup


  • 6 ounces Bing cherries, pitted and stems removed
  • 1 cup vanilla vodka (or regular vodka)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and shake well to dissolve sugar. Let sit at room temperature for at one to two weeks, shaking occasionally.
  2. Note: The longer the cherries infuse in the vodka, the stronger the cherry flavor will be.

Cherry-vanilla sparkler

Makes 1


  • 2 ounces cherry liqueur
  • 2 ounces sparkling wine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • Splash of grenadine (for color)


  1. Gently mix all ingredients together and serve over ice.

Vanilla simple syrup

Yields about 2/3 cup


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 vanilla bean


  1. Cut the vanilla bean down the middle and scrape out the seeds with the back of a knife.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, water, vanilla bean and seeds. Bring to a boil. Let mixture boil for about five minutes, then strain and cool.

More recipes with cherries

Chocolate cherry cordial pancakes
Summer cherry recipes
Cherry and mint cocktail


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Comments on "Homemade cherry liqueur recipe"

Carol Miller September 19, 2013 | 1:51 PM

I have some dark canned cherries that I want to use. Can I make cherry brandy using canned cherries? Do you have a recipe to use the canned cherries using brandy?

Tiffany February 16, 2013 | 6:24 PM

I loved this! I like making things homemade and I LOVE sweets, so to me it wasn't too sweet.

Karen July 16, 2012 | 10:00 AM

@Katie - The liqueur itself isn't super sweet, but the cocktail does contain simple syrup and grenadine, which definitely sweetens it up.

Katie July 13, 2012 | 12:21 PM

Has anyone tried this recipe? I love Cherry and Vinilla Vodka. I was just wondering if this is too sweet? Please let me know whateveryone thinks before I run out and buy this stuff.

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