Whiskey Soaked Cherries

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Whiskey Soaked Cherries makes the most delicious garnish and cherry infused whiskey. Perfect for summer cocktails by the pool or on the patio. Recipe from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

I made Whiskey Soaked Cherries for Colt for Father's Day. They are the perfect garnish for summer cocktails, and only get better after a week or two in the fridge.

Not only are the Whiskey Soaked Cherries delicious, but the Cherry Infused Whiskey makes for a delicious cocktail on a hot day! I'll be sharing the recipe in a few days for Cherry Whiskey Smash that is to die for using the infused whiskey from the cherries.

As if we needed another excuse to celebrate with a cocktail yesterday I found out my Mediterranean Pasta Salad was mentioned in the July issue of Better Homes and Gardens. I'm still in disbelief. 

You can use your favorite whiskey or bourbon or even rum would be good for making these, but the one thing I recommend is choosing a whiskey or bourbon that you would like to drink. It makes a difference in the flavor of the finished product. Also make sure your cherries are firm and super fresh, making now the time to start these.

Whiskey Soaked Cherries are the perfect start to a craft cocktail to enjoy the bounty of summer like you would find at your favorite trendy restaurant.

Whiskey Soaked Cherries recipe starts with pitted cherries from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Pit 2 1/4 pounds Bing Cherries or favorite sweet cherry, and fill 2 24 ounce Jars. I pitted the cherries to leave the stems on which is a little bit tricky, but they can just as easily be removed.

Whiskey Soaked Cherries dissolve sugar from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Mix together 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar and 1/3 cup Water. Cook over medium heat just until sugar is dissolved.

Whiskey Soaked Cherries add vanilla to sugar mixture recipe by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract.

Whiskey Soaked Cherries recipe add your favorite whiskey or bourbon from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Stir in 2 1/2 cups Favorite Whiskey or Bourbon.

Whiskey Soaked Cherries are covered with whiskey mixture to make the most delicious garnish and cherry infused whiskey from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Fill jars until cherries are completely covered. If you run out of liquid add additional whiskey until cherries are covered.

Whiskey Soaked Cherries are delicious made with bourbon or whiskey and the cherry infused whiskey is perfect for cocktails from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Cover tightly with a lid and refrigerate. Allow to soak for at least 48 hours, or a few weeks.

Whiskey Soaked Cherries are perfect for garnishing your favorite summer and the Cherry Infused Whiskey is a must for your summer cocktails! A delicious 2 for 1! Ha..Ha..

A few other favorite summertime favorites are: 

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Whiskey Soaked Cherries

Whiskey Soaked Cherries makes not only a delicious garnish for cocktails but also the most delicious cherry infused whiskey from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
prep time: 25 minscook time: 3 minstotal time: 28 mins


  • 2 1/4 Pounds Sweet Cherries, Washed and Pitted
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 1/2 cups Favorite Whiskey or Bourbon
  • Additional Whiskey If Needed To Cover Cherries


  1. Fill (2) 24 ounce Clean Glass Jars with pitted cherries.
  2. In a saucepan cook sugar with water, until sugar is just dissolved over medium heat.
  3. Remove sugar from heat. Stir in vanilla and whiskey until combined.
  4. Fill jars with whiskey mixture until cherries are completely covered.
  5. Seal with a tight fitting lid, and refrigerate. Allow cherries to soak for 48 hours or up until a couple of weeks.
  6. Use cherries to garnish your favorite cocktail or dessert! The cherry infused whiskey is delicious for cocktails or desserts.
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  1. These sounds awesome! Just bought my husband a bottle of whiskey for his birthdday, I wonder if he would share some of it for these cherries. :)

    1. I bet he would if he likes cherries! My husband loves an occasional Old Fashioned so he was happy to share to have the Whiskey Soaked Cherries for a garnish.

  2. These look awesome! I have some Knob Creek in there that is just waiting for these cherries. And, I bought cherries at the farmers market - I'm all set!

  3. Thanks Debi! It was my first time buying Knob Creek, and it worked perfect for this.

  4. How long can you keep the cherries? Thank you

    1. The consistency changes the longer they soak. They are best used within 2-3 weeks. Thanks, Serena

  5. Is the sugar necessary to the preservation, or just to sweeten the end product?

    1. I use it to sweetened the cherries. Even though the cherries are sweet the whisky is quite strong and it helps balance the bite.

  6. This sounds delicious. I was wondering since cherries are not in season yet, can you use frozen?

    1. I haven't tried frozen but I think it would work. The only thing I worry about is the cherries might be a little bit softer or mushy once they defrost. If you try it let me know how it turns out! Thanks, Serena


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