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Bourbon Soaked Cherries

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Last Updated on October 10, 2022 by The Noms

These homemade bourbon soaked cherries are easy to make and so great as cocktail garnishes!


Bourbon Soaked Cherries are a delicious and indulgent treat. Easy to make, make sure to keep them on hand for your next cocktail party or in a dessert as a boozy touch. They are a perfect edible gift, so get to making some for Christmas!


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A really good cocktail cherry is a home bars’ best friend. There are so many classic cocktails that call for a cherry garnish: Old Fashioned, Whiskey Sour, Manhattan even a tropical Mai Tai. We personally don’t really like those florescent red cherries that are normally sold in the store.  We also have made our own homemade boozy cherries for years, but usually brandy based. So, we switched gears to make bourbon soaked cherries!


Bourbon cherries on cocktail pick and in jar with red liquid


How To Make Bourbon Soaked Cherries

You have to start off by pitting the cherries, which can be an interesting chore by itself. We use a great OXO Cherry Pitter with a guard so the cherry juice doesn’t spray everywhere. To use one of these is super fast and little mess. We highly recommend getting one for yourself, especially if you make a lot of cherry pies or cherry cocktails. The cherry pitter also doubles as an olive pitter!


After the cherries are pitted, make a simple syrup for the base of these Bourbon Soaked Cherries. Then you add the other ingredients and marinate in a jar for at least 1 week, 2 weeks preferably.


Not only are the Bourbon Soaked Cherries delicious, but the Cherry Infused Bourbon makes for a delicious cocktail once these have steeped in the bourbon! Delish!


Bourbon cherries on cocktail pick and in jar with red liquid


How To Use Your Bourbon Soaked Cherries

  • They will last up to 6 months stored in the fridge. A great choice for holiday giving coming up!
  • As an addition or garnish to your favorite cocktail such as an Old Fashioned or Manhattan.
  • As topping on a dessert (cheesecake) or over vanilla ice cream, yum!
  • Add to sangria for a boozier kick!
  • Snack on them. We don’t judge!


Check out our other boozy cherry recipe, Brandied Cherries, and other cherry recipes like our Old Fashioned Panna Cotta.



What Bourbon To Use?

Makers Mark, Woodford Reserve or Evan Williams are all good bourbon whiskey options. You can also try with a rye if you prefer them a little spicier.


Red cherries on cocktail pick, and in jar with red liquid


What Type of Cherries to Use?

We use more tart cherries if we can. There is quite a bit of sugar in these, and the tartness of the cherries helps to balance this out.


Can I Just Buy Bourbon Cherries?

While we highly recommend making your own, you can buy boozy cherries at many many liquor stores or most local grocery stores. You can even buy them online!


What Cocktails are Perfect for Garnishing with Bourbon Cherries?

Use Bourbon Cherries in a Manhattan as a garnish or muddle in a Cherry Smash. A Whiskey Sour and an Old Fashioned are also classic cocktails that call for boozy cherries!


Bourbon cherries in jar with red liquid




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Bourbon cherries on cocktail pick and in jar with red liquid
Yield: 1 jar

Bourbon Soaked Cherries

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 14 days
Total Time: 14 days 40 minutes

These bourbon soaked cherries are a great boozy addition to a cocktail or dessert! Easy to make, these boozy cherries make a great and tasty garnish!


  • 1 pound cherries, pitted
  • .25 cup simple syrup
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1.50 Tablespoon lemon juice or orange juice
  • 2 ounces orange liqueur
  • 6 ounces bourbon or whiskey


    1. Using a cherry pitter (we use one with a splash guard), remove the pits from cherries. Try to keep them whole, as they make a prettier garnish on your cocktails later. This is the messy part - the cherries spray everywhere!

    2. Place pitted cherries into a quart canning jar, (32 oz).

    3. Top with simple syrup, vanilla extract, juice and orange liqueur. Stir.

    4. Top with bourbon or whiskey. Place lid on jar and place jar in dark, dry area for 2 weeks. Occasionally go and shake the jar of cherries. And taste after a week, as you make like them then.

    5. We let ours go for at least 2 weeks before trying, so it's up to you if you can't wait.

    6. We store ours in the fridge so it adds to the chillness of a fresh cocktail, but it can be stored on the counter, as well.

    7. Cheers!


These bourbon soaked cherries should be really tasty and able to be used for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 55Sodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 8.1gFiber: .1gSugar: .1gProtein: .1g

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Bourbon cherries on cocktail pick and in jar with red liquid


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