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How to Make Cherry Bounce

Updated on August 29, 2017

Cherry Bounce

This recipe for sweet cherry brandy, better known as Cherry Bounce, was given to us by friends. They made it, loved it and shared their story about it. They were keeping it on hand for a holiday celebration. Their mother, who was staying over, woke up feeling hungry. She found the jar of cherries and sat down to eat some. She must have eaten quite a few, because they found her in the morning, sound asleep with her head on the table.

I do not recommend eating that many cherries in one sitting, but I highly recommend making this drink. After gathering the ingredients, it's easy to make and even easier to share. We gave it this year as Christmas presents and our family and friends could not wait to have a taste. On this page you will find out where to get the key ingredients and how to make it.

I hope you will give it a try!

Do you have any experience with Cherry Bounce?

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Fruit-Infusion Containers - on Amazon

Sterilite Food Storage Ultra Latch 16 Cup Clear Container
Sterilite Food Storage Ultra Latch 16 Cup Clear Container

We used three Sterilite UltraSeal containers in this size to make our Cherry Bounce. They are affordable, stackable for storage between batches, and can also be used for a million other things... well, maybe not a million, but close.


Cherry Bounce Recipe


Cook Time

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 6 weeks

Serves: 10


  • 2 quarts fresh tart cherries
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 quart liquor *
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients in large air tight glass container. Stir twice a day until sugar dissolves. Let sit for 6 weeks or longer. Can drink straight or mix with 7-Up or like soda.
  2. * Note: We made two different kinds of Cherry Bounce - one with brandy and one with Captain Morgan. Both were delicious. Other recommended liquors include vodka, whiskey, and port wine. Substitute your own favorite as an experiment.
2.3 stars from 7 ratings of Cherry Bounce Recipe
GROSCHE Water and Fruit Borosilicate Glass Infusion Pitchers and Sangria Makers, 50 oz/ 1500 ml BPA and Phthalate-free (Atlantis)
GROSCHE Water and Fruit Borosilicate Glass Infusion Pitchers and Sangria Makers, 50 oz/ 1500 ml BPA and Phthalate-free (Atlantis)

If you are doing a quicker infusion, and want something pretty for serving guests, this pitcher has a classic, clean look that is sure to please.


After mixing all of the ingredients, stir twice daily until the sugar has dissolved.

After mixing all of the ingredients, stir twice daily until the sugar has dissolved.
After mixing all of the ingredients, stir twice daily until the sugar has dissolved. | Source

Fresh Tart Cherries

When we first decided to make Cherry Bounce, sweet cherries were plentiful and easy to come by in our local grocery stores. Tart cherries, called for in the recipe, were not.

With a little web searching, we found that Wisconsin's Door County raises a crop of fresh tart cherries annually. The link below takes you to their web page and tells you how you can order the tart cherries to be shipped directly to your door.

The Cherries or the Brandy?

Which do you think would be better - the cherries or the brandy?

An Alternative: Vodka Cherry Bounce

Some of the basics of this video are the same, but we don't pit the cherries in our Bounce recipe, and of course we used brandy or Captain Morgan.

Cherry Bounce simply packaged for holiday giving.

Cherry Bounce simply packaged for holiday giving.
Cherry Bounce simply packaged for holiday giving. | Source
Bormioli Rocco Fido Clear Jar, 33-3/4-Ounce
Bormioli Rocco Fido Clear Jar, 33-3/4-Ounce

I really like a simple jar or crock with a clamp that creates a nice tight seal. These jars are good strong glass with a removable, washable rubber gasket that helps hold in the freshness of your beverage (or whatever you want to keep in here. The jar comes in a variety of sizes too for beautiful gift-giving.


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© 2012 Monica Lobenstein

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    • Mary Crowther profile image

      Mary Crowther 

      5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      I love trying new drinks and especially with fruit. This one sounds delicious!

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      5 years ago

      This is something new. I've never heard of this drink before. Thanks for sharing it on Merry Monday Linky Party.

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      6 years ago

      sounds great.

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      6 years ago

      good idea

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      Tony Bonura 

      6 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      If I made this I would be hard pressed to make through the 6 week "aging" period. :-) Sounds like a great excuse to--whatever. *hic* TonyB

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      Rosetta Slone 

      6 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      The little island I live on is famous for its 'rhum arrang" - it's 50 white rum infused with tropical fruits, vanilla & things like ginger root, lemongrass and 5 spice leaves. It's heavenly!! Last Christmas we were gifted a lychee vanilla pod rum. Infused drinks are so easy to make as gifts.

    • flycatcherrr profile image


      6 years ago

      Cherry bounce and its kin are all new to me, but I'm now quite intrigued. Nicely done!

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      Susan Deppner 

      6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I've never had anything quite like cherry bounce, but wow, what a great gift idea! Nice that you included a link to order those fresh cherries. Yum!

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      6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Yummy lens! I am fortunate to have two tart cherry trees at my I have something else to use them for besides pies.

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      Ellen Gregory 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I have made a few in my time.......and drank a few.

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      6 years ago

      Great recipe collection. thanks for shared in your creative lens.

    • kimark421 profile image


      6 years ago

      This sound delicious. I am going to have to try it!


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