Last Updated on March 2, 2023 by The Noms
Make these fun glitter cherries to top your cocktails or desserts. Using edible glitter we made some fun sparkling fruit garnishes to bring the fancy to your next serve!
These glitter cherries are so fun, and add so much flair to cocktails and even to top baked goods. But, we are not going to lie to you. They are a pain to make and this is not an easy project. So, if you make these, just know that, and we wish you luck!
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We can never resist edible glitter, and these glitter cherry garnishes were no exception. In the past, we have used edible glitter in a lot of cocktails, like our Caramel Apple Cider Mimosa. We added a cherry to our Blood Orange Gin Fizz, but what great flair if you add one to an Old fashioned or a Cherry Ramos Gin Fizz? Makes it fancy AF and is a fun addition to a celebration cocktail.
Many glittery products state “edible” on the container and list ingredients like sugar, cornstarch and approved color additives. Edible glitters are safe to consume, so get glittery! Just make sure it is edible glitter, and these products are easy to buy online, or near the baking products in a store.
You can find edible glitter online or in specialty baking stores, but places like Michaels or local baking stores may have it too. It comes in a wide variety of colors and textures, too. For these glitter fruit garnishes we used silver, gold and pink edible glitters, but there is blue, green, purple and more!
How do You Glitter Cherries?
Very carefully, LOL! But in all seriousness, this isn’t an easy project. We tried to paint the cherries with a brush with glitter, that didn’t work so well. We then tried the edible glitter dust with a few drops of water and then “painted” the cherries. Nope.
Then, we just tried to dip the cherries into the edible powder dust and that seemed the most successful. One trick I discovered is to dab my fingers in the powder before grabbing a cherry to dip, then using those powdered fingers to help press the glitter onto the cherry. This is also helpful to fill in some holes you may have on the cherry.
The dipping and using edible glitter covered fingers seemed to be the easiest method of making glitter cherries. You can try the other versions, and let me know if you have success. But, this was the best solution for us.
If you want to make a lot, drain a jar of maraschino cherries (or Luxardo cherries if you don’t want the bright red ones). We find the cherries with stems are the easiest to handle, but use what you have. If you use a whole jar or just a few, dry gently with paper towels. In a tiny bowl add a small amount of edible glitter, and roll each cherry around to coat. This is where using your fingers helps.
Once you think they are shiny enough, you can place them on a plate or paper towel to set.
Other Glitter Fruit Garnishes
We used mostly cherries for this project, but tried out other fruits. We had some success with berries and citrus too. More suggestions below!
Glitter Fruit Garnishes
Cherries dipped in edible glitter give all the glitz and glam needed to zhuzh up a cocktail or dessert. The edible glitter will start to dissolve in liquid, so keep in mind to use the slice of fruit on the edge of the cocktail glass or on a cocktail pick to keep your garnish fresh and shiny.
Feel free to switch up the color of your garnish to match your favorite color or the color of the cocktail.
Tips and Tricks
- Another Solution: if you cannot get the edible glitter to stick to the fruit, another option may be dipping the fruit into chocolate, letting that set slightly and then shaking edible glitter on top of the chocolate fruit. This option is harder to stick on a cocktail pick and the edge of the glass, so keep that in mind. Also, you may not want the chocolate flavor with your cocktail, but it makes for a cleaner garnish and holds the glitter better.
- Other Glitter Garnishes: Here are some more ideas instead of just glitter cherries. Try using berries: strawberries, raspberries or blueberries. Citrus wedges and rinds. Melon balls or fresh herbs.
- Edible Glitter: there is really any edible glitter color under the sun. Feel free to use what you want to match your cocktail or color palette. We liked gold, silver, white, pink and red for this experiment. But, we also have green and blue to use for future garnishes and can’t wait to try them out!
While again, this isn’t a super easy project, it really makes a statement on a cocktail glass, and is quite impressive to see in person. Try it on a cocktail or on a dessert for a great way to celebrate!
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Other Interesting Garnish Ideas
These glitter cherries are so fun as garnishes for cocktails and desserts. Feel free to use other fruits dusted with edible glitter for a sparkly addition to a celebration recipe!
- 3 cherries (maraschino or Luxardo) although we prefer cherries with stems
- edible glitter (your color choice), about 1 teaspoon amount
1. If you want to make a lot, drain a jar of maraschino cherries (or Luxardo cherries if you don't want the bright red ones). We find the cherries with stems are the easiest to handle, but use what you have. If you use a whole jar or just a few, dry gently with paper towels.
2. In a tiny bowl add a small amount of edible glitter.
3. Dab your fingers in the edible glitter before grabbing a cherry to dip, then use those powdered fingers to help press the cherry into the glitter. Roll each cherry around to coat. This is also helpful to fill in some holes you may have on the cherry.
4. Once you think they it is shiny enough, place them on a plate or paper towel to set.
The dipping and using edible glitter covered fingers seemed to be the easiest method of making glitter cherries. Use any fruit or fresh herbs in the same way as above to make a glitter garnish.
Again- we don't promise this is an easy project, but it's fun and makes some cute garnishes.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 10Carbohydrates: 2gSugar: 1g
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