Whiskey Soaked Cherries

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Whiskey Cherries are a delicious recipe for garnishing Old Fashioned or your favorite cocktail or dessert. The leftover Cherry Whiskey is delicious in your favorite cocktails.

2 Masons jars full of Whiskey Cherries on a wooden cutting board with a bamboo cocktail toothpick in the front with 3 cherries on the skewer resting on the cutting board.

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.

Pitted Cherries in a masons jar with cherries scattered on a white marble counter with a bottle of whiskey in the background to the left side.

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.

Sugar and water simmering in a stainless steel pot.

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

A teaspoon of Vanilla Extract being held over a stainless steel saucepan with sugar and water simmering.

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

Whiskey being measured in a glass measuring cup over the top of stainless steel saucepan.

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

Whiskey sugar mixture being poured out of a glass measuring cup over pitted cherries in a masons jar.

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

Whiskey Cherries in a tall masons jar with a lid on a granite counter top.

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..

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Author: Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Whiskey Soaked Cherries

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 MinCook time: 3 MinInactive time: 48 HourTotal time: 48 H & 28 M


  • 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.

    1. How long will they last? Is there an approximate shelf life?

  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

  7. Must use within 2-3 weeks? Darn. A similar recipe, but for Bourbon cherries, said they keep in a year in the fridge. Hm.

    1. They do keep but the longer the cherries soak the more the texture changes and the stronger they become.. I found 2-3 weeks is the sweet spot without too much change.. It has a high alcohol content so they should technically last a lot longer but the cherries do change the longer they are stored.

  8. How long are they good for refrigerated? Weeks, months ?

    1. I've never had them around longer than a month in our house to know exactly how long they will last. They do change in texture over time. I hope that helps, Serena

  9. This is awesome , once cherries are gone do you think liquid would be shelf stable


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