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Bourbon-Soaked Cherries

Use these cherries in a Manhattan or spoon them with their syrup over ice cream for an adult dessert.

  • prep: 5 mins
  • yield: Makes 1 1/2 cups
Photography: Johnny Miller


  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 ounces dried (no oil added) cherries (3/4 cup)

Cook's Note

Cherries can be refrigerated in syrup for up to 2 months.


  1. Step 1

    Bring bourbon and sugar to a gentle simmer in a small saucepan over low heat. (Watch carefully, since bourbon may ignite.) Simmer, stirring, until sugar dissolves.

  2. Step 2

    Pour bourbon syrup over cherries in a 12-ounce glass jar. Let stand overnight to macerate.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2011