Brandied Cherries

Brandied CherriesRecipe
Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Food Styling: Kevin Crafts
Rainiers are stunning in cocktails in place of fluorescent maraschinos (and are great on ice cream too). They'll start to darken after a month, but will taste even better.


Makes 1 qt. (serving size: 1/4 cup)

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 20 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 78
Caloriesfromfat 1 %
Protein 0.4 g
Fat 0.1 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Carbohydrate 15 g
Fiber 1 g
Sodium 0.4 mg
Cholesterol 0.0 mg


1 pound pitted Rainier cherries
1 cinnamon stick, about 3 in. long
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup brandy


1. Put cherries and cinnamon stick into a 1-qt. sealable glass container, such as a mason jar.

2. Bring sugar, brandy, and 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan and boil until sugar has dissolved.

3. Pour hot liquid over cherries and let cool to room temperature, about 2 hours.

4. Seal jar and chill until cherries have shrunk and absorbed liquid and are flavorful, at least 1 month and up to 4 months.