brandied cherries (for cocktails and desserts!)

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Juicy brandied cherries are the perfect cocktail garnish! Deliciously balanced with fresh cherries, cherry juice, vanilla bean and star anise.

  • Author: Indi Hampton
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutse
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 3 pint jars
  • Category: Pantry
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 2 cups unsweetened cherry juice
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise, seeds scraped
  • 1 star anise
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 lb fresh cherries, stemmed and pitted
  • 1 cup brandy


  1. Combine cherry juice, vanilla bean and seeds, star anise, and cloves in a large pot over medium heat. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. 
  2. Add sugar and cook, stirring, until dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool 10 minutes. Stir in brandy.
  3. Pack cherries into clean jars. Pour syrup over top, making sure cherries are submerged. Let cool, then refrigerate at least 3 days before eating.


Cherries will keep several months in the refrigerator. 

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