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Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Food Styling: Kevin Crafts Photo by: Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Food Styling: Kevin Crafts

Brandied Cherries

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.

Sunset JUNE 2012

  • Yield: Makes 1 qt. (serving size: 1/4 cup)
  • Hands-on: 20 Minutes


  • 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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 78
  • Calories from fat: 1%
  • Protein: 0.4g
  • Fat: 0.1g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Carbohydrate: 15g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sodium: 0.4mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg

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Brandied Cherries Recipe