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Boozy Cherries

These sweet treats are used as a delightful layer in our Black Forest Cake Shake.

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  • Yield: Makes about 1 cup cherries and 2 cups syrup


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup jarred unsweetened pitted sour cherries, plus 1 cup juice (from a 24-ounce jar)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons cherry liquor, such as kirsch


  1. Combine sugar and cherry juice in a small saucepan. Add salt and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Simmer 1 minute. Add cherries and simmer 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in Kirsch. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Chill for up to 1 week.

Cook's Notes

We used jarred sour cherries for this recipe, but fresh sour cherries would work just as well. Remove their pits first, then simmer briefly in a simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar) before stirring in the cherry liquor.

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