Bourbon-Soaked Cherries

Bourbon-Soaked CherriesRecipe
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Harget
Kirk Samuels of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, shared this recipe. Stir the cherries and their syrup into anything bourbon-flavored, or use them to gussy up sparkling beverages, such as club soda and ginger ale.


Makes 3 (8-oz.) jars
Total time: 45 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 15 Minutes
Total: 45 Minutes
Chill: 336 Hours


1 1/2 cups refrigerated pomegranate juice
1 cup sugar
1 pound fresh cherries
1 1/2 cups bourbon


1. Bring first 2 ingredients to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, whisking constantly. Cook, whisking constantly, 10 minutes or until mixture is syrupy. Remove from heat, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).

2. Remove pits from cherries, leaving stems intact. Divide cherries among 3 (8-oz.) sterilized jars. Whisk bourbon into juice mixture, and pour into jars, filling to 1/4 inch from top; wipe jar rims. Cover with metal lids, and screw on bands. Chill 2 weeks before using. (Will keep in fridge up to 6 months.)