Cherry Bounce

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.

Cherry Bounce
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
6 cups


  • 2 quart fresh dark sweet cherries

  • 2 cup turbinado cane sugar or granulated sugar

  • 3 star anise

  • 4 inches stick cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves

  • 1 quart bourbon


  1. 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.

  2. 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 (per serving)

162 Calories
20g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 162
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Total Sugars 19g
Vitamin C 1.8mg 9%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0.1mg 1%
Potassium 58mg 1%
Folate, total 1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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