Brandied Cherry Recipe with Easy Canning and Cold Storing Tips (2024)

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Enjoy the following tips and steps for canning brandied cherries. This homemade brandied cherry recipe makes for a deliciously brandy soaked co*cktail cherries, which are ideal for desserts or beverages.

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A Simple Brandied Cherry Recipe

Fruit infused in alcohol, whether it’s brandy, bourbon, rum or vodka elevates the flavor of the fruit being preserved.The options for the type of fruit which can be preserved in alcohol is endless. However, nothing is as delicious as brandy soaked cherries. Well, other than home canned bourbon peaches.

Whether you plan on preserving brandied cherries for long-term shelf storage through canning or keeping homemade co*cktail cherries in the refrigerator, you’ll not regret the decision to preserve boozy cherries.

I have included both means for preserving this brandied cherry recipe. The first, my recipe for brandy soaked cherries. The second, my recipe and tips for canning brandied cherries.

Preserving the Cherry Harvest

As much as I love this brandied cherry recipe there are many other methods available for preserving the cherry harvest. Here are my favorite preserving methods.

  • Chunky Cherry Jam
  • Canning Cherry BBQ Sauce
  • Cherry Salsa
  • Canning Cherry Juice Concentrate

The benefits of reside in Washington state is the extended growing season for stone fruit. This allows me the opportunity to consume and preserve fruit from stone fruit growers in my state. The North West Cherries Growers of WA state produce and ship cherries across the country. You’ll not want to miss out on this opportunity to consume some amazing stone fruit from this organization!

Choosing the Best Brandy

Before beginning let’s talk about the type of brandy to use.

Let’s talkabout the type of brandy to use.Some prefera nice cognac for a smooth flavor.However, Ichose a smooth medium price brandy which worked just as nice. Regardless of price, cognac or not, stick with a brand which is smooth in flavor. This will eliminate creating a syrup which is harsh and unpleasant in flavor.

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Preserving for Refrigerator Storage

Ifyou have no intentions oncanningbrandied cherries feel free tomake this refrigerator recipe. The alcohol will preserve the brandy soaked cherriesup to a year as long as it is stored in the refrigerator.


  • 3 1/2 cups Brandy
  • 2/3 cup granulated organic white sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 4 cups sweet cherries, washed, stemmedand pitted


  1. Add the cinnamon stick andclovesto thebrandy, allowing the mixtureto infuse for a minimum of 6 hours
  2. In a medium saucepanadd the brandy mixtureand sugar, simmer on low and stir often.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat, allowing itto sit for 15 minutes
  4. Pack the cherries into 2 pint size mason jars or 3 1/2 pint mason jars. Pack them nicely, making sure to not crush the cherries
  5. Strain the brandy syrup over the cherries, removing any air bubbles, making sure to cover the cherries
  6. Place the lid on tight and store in the refrigerator, they will keep nicely up to a year


Save any leftover syrup for making delicious co*cktail beverages.

Canning Brandied Cherries

When you’ve beenblessedwith a large amount of sweet black Bing cherries preserving a small amount is a must. Canning brandied cherries is one method for preserving this delicious summertime stone fruit, however, there are more options available.

This preserving method allows for brandy soaked cherries to be made shelf stable, freeing up refrigerator space. Canning brandy cherries eliminates the alcohol potency due the processing time. However, the full flavor of the brandy remains.


  • 1 1/4 cup brandy
  • 6 lbs sweet cherries, washed, stemmed, pitted
  • 1/2 cup granulated organic whitesugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup water



  1. In a heavy bottom saucepan combine the sugars, water and lemon juice
  2. Bring syrup to a boil, stirring often until the sugar has dissolved
  3. Add cherries and simmer until the cherries have heated through
  4. Remove from heat, stir in brandy
  5. Using a slotted spoon ladle cherries into pint size jars
  6. Add brandy syrup to jars leaving a 1/4 headspace, remove air bubbles and top the jar with additional syrup if needed
  7. Process in a water bathor steam canner for 15 minutes, adjusting for altitude. See processing times below.
TYPE OF PACKJAR SIZE0-1,000 ft1,001-3,000 ft3,001-6,000 ftAbove 6,000 ft
Hot PackPints15 mins20 mins25 mins30 mins
Quarts20 mins25 mins30 mins35 mins


Add the boozy berries to adult co*cktails, cakes, pastries, and over ice-cream.

My Book

The Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving the Harvest is a comprehensive book covering multiple methods for preserving foods in the comfort of your home. Learn how to safely can, dry, ferment, cure, freeze, and store foods fresh as a sustainable homesteader would. The tips, tricks, and recipes within this book will provide you the confidence and knowledge needed to own your food source.

Brandied Cherry Recipe with Easy Canning and Cold Storing Tips (6)

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Yield: 6 pints

Canning Brandied Cherry

Preserve this delicious stone fruit with this easy brandied cherry recipe. Brandy soaked cherries are excellent in co*cktails, over desserts, or even on top of a bowl of homemade ice cream. Is brandy not to your liking? Use a smooth bourbon whiskey instead.

Prep Time20 minutes

Cook Time15 minutes

Additional Time15 minutes

Total Time50 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cup brandy
  • 6 pounds sweet cherries, washed, stemmed, pitted
  • 1/2 cup granulated organic white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice


  1. Prepare lids, jars, and canner.
  2. In a heavy bottom saucepan (enamel Dutch oven) combine the sugars and water.
  3. Bring syrup to a boil, stirring often until the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Add cherries and simmer on high until the cherries have heated through and are soft in texture.
  5. Remove from heat, stir in brandy.
  6. Using a slotted spoon, ladle cherries into pint size jars.
  7. With a ladle, add the brandy flavored syrup to the jars, making sure to leave a 1/2-headspace. Remove air bubbles and top the jar with additional syrup if needed.
  8. Using a clean damp dishtowel wipe rims of jars, add warmed lids and rings to finger tight.
  9. Process in a water bath or steam canner for 15 minutes, adjusting for altitude (see chart in blog)


  • Cherries can be canned whole or halved.
  • Once canned this recipe contains no alcohol. To preserve the alcohol content found in the brandy or bourbon do not can this recipe. Instead store in the refrigerator for up to 4 months.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 tablespoon

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 15Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 0g

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Boozy fruit is a fun, and tasty, means for preserving fruit. Enjoy homemade co*cktail cherries any way you wish, they’re that delicious!

Brandied Cherry Recipe with Easy Canning and Cold Storing Tips (2024)


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