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Fresh cherries don't need any help to be delicious, but adding bourbon, cinnamon, cloves, and star anise turns them into a showstopper dessert. It'll keep in the fridge for up to a month, so you'll have plenty of time to savor it.




  • In a large glass jar or a crock combine cherries, sugar, star anise, stick cinnamon, and cloves. Using a potato masher or the back of a large spoon, crush mixture lightly. Cover and let stand 4 to 6 hours at room temperature. (This helps the cherries to release their juice and starts to dissolve the sugar.) Stir in the bourbon. Cover loosely with a lid or a double layer of 100%-cotton cheesecloth. Refrigerate 3 to 4 weeks, stirring twice a week.

  • Strain the cherry mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing cherries gently with back of a spoon; discard solids. Pour the strained liquid (this is the "bounce" or liqueur) into two 1-qt. bottles or canning jars. Use immediately, or cover the bounce and store in the refrigerator up to 1 month. Serve in small liqueur glasses over ice.

Serving Suggestions

For a cherry white Russian, fill a small liqueur glass two-thirds full with Cherry Bounce and top with half-and-half. Or, drizzle Cherry Bounce over desserts. For an after-dinner treat, add Cherry Bounce to a vanilla milkshake.

Nutrition Facts

162 calories, (0 g saturated fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 0 g monounsaturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 19 g sugar, 0 g protein.