Brandied Cherries

Brandied Cherries

  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 6 min
  • Total: 36 min
  • Serving: Makes 1-1/2 pound brandied cherries

Unfortunately store-bought cocktail cherries are loaded with preservatives, artificial colors and flavors. Luckily, making your own brandied cherries has never been easier.


  • 1-1/2 pounds dark, sweet cherries, pitted
  • scant 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup + 1/2 ounce brandy


  1. Place the sugar, water, lemon juice, and cinnamon stick into a saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the cherries for 6 minutes.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and take out the cinnamon stick and discard. Stir in the brandy and allow the mixture to cool before transferring the cherries to a jar.

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