Brandied Cherries

Homemade brandied cherries are perfect for dropping into cocktails or adding to desserts. They retain their natural cherry flavor which improves with time. There will be no more leaving a cherry behind in the bottom of your Manhattan, old fashioned, or whisky sour glass when you’re finished with these cherries!

brandied cherries in mason jar and some cherries in the background
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
3 mins
Refrigerate Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 13 mins
48 servings


  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 3/4 cup water

  • 1 star anise pod (optional)

  • 1 cup brandy

  • 1 pound fresh sweet or sour cherries, pitted


  1. Heat sugar, water, and star anise in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes; stir in brandy.

  2. Pack cherries into clean jars; pour syrup over the cherries, making sure they are submerged. Cover the jars, move to the fridge for at least 1 day before using, and keep stored in the fridge.

Cook's Notes:

When adding brandy, taste as you go to be sure the syrup is to your liking, and make adjustments if necessary.

If you’re a cherry juice drinker, feel free to substitute cherry juice for water for more cherry flavor. You can skip the star anise (I use Badia®, very inexpensive), but it does give a unique flavor to the cherries.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of syrup ingredients. The actual amount of bsyrup consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

30 Calories
0g Fat
6g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 30
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 1mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 21mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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