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12 Days of Edible Gifts: Cherry Bounce

I've wanted to make my own cherry cordial for the longest time, so when it was time to get started on our 12 Days of Edible Gifts, I knew exactly what I'd be making. For those of you who aren't familiar with cherry bounce, it's nothing new. It's rather old, in fact — colonialists and pilgrims were known to drink it, and Martha Washington famously recorded her recipe for cherry bounce, which she served during the holidays and other special occasions.
This after-dinner libation, which is made by steeping cherries and sugar in brandy, rum, and sometimes whiskey, originated in the Northeast but has since spread across the country. Today, it can be found everywhere from the woodlands of rural Louisiana to Michigan cherry-growing country. With its spiced, black fruit notes, cherry bounce is a sweet after-dinner digestif — and an even lovelier handmade gift. Make it this holiday when you

Cherry Bounce

Cherry Bounce


4 pounds frozen Bing cherries, thawed (you can also use fresh cherries when in season, and stone them)
2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 cup brandy
1 cup rum
Special equipment: Fine sieve and/or cheesecloth


  1. Cook cherries in a double boiler until they are very soft.
  2. Strain the juice (I strained it twice, the first time with a sieve and the second time with some cheesecloth), and measure it. For each quart of juice add 2 cups sugar and 1/4 teaspoon each of ground mace and ground allspice.
  3. Simmer the mixture, skimming it frequently, until the scum ceases to rise.
  4. Cool the syrup and measure it. For each quart of syrup add 1 cup each of brandy and rum. Store the cordial in bottles. Serve the cherry bounce as an after-dinner liqueur.

Makes 6 cups.

Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 4 years 23 weeks
I made a triple batch last season and have been giving it as gifts since December. It is a superb gift for birthdays, host/hostess, get-well-soon, etc. It has received rave reviews and no one even thinks of "regifting" it. :) Just a reminder: 2011 cherry season is almost here! :)
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 5 years 41 weeks
AmberHoney AmberHoney 5 years 41 weeks
Somehow I missed this, too bad, but I'm gonna make it soon. It sounds delish and I've never heard of it.
Fenchurch1 Fenchurch1 5 years 43 weeks
@Anonymous - Same! I am actually going to make this and give it as gifts for Christmas just because of the Anne of Green Gables nostalgia.
janetwrogers janetwrogers 5 years 43 weeks
I just finished making this and it really is fabulous. I had to use morello cherries and I ended up getting only about a pint of juice, but I'm going to use the smaller amount as an excuse not to give any away and to keep it all for me!
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 5 years 43 weeks
So glad this turned out well for you! :) I will definitely try this again next summer, when the fresh cherries are in season again. :)
nancita nancita 5 years 44 weeks
I have never heard of cherry bounce. I bet it would be good in cocktails.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 5 years 44 weeks
Wow. This sounds pretty awesome. And I know just the person who may like this. My Papa!
Food Food 5 years 44 weeks
Suziryder, yes, I would refrigerate it if it won't be completely consumed within a few weeks.
suziryder suziryder 5 years 44 weeks
Yummy! Does this need to be refrigerated?
leabythesea leabythesea 5 years 44 weeks
Sounds yummy.
xxstardust xxstardust 5 years 44 weeks
This sounds utterly delicious! I wonder, would it turn out alright with other types of fruit? A blackberry or blackcurrant version sounds delicious ..
partysugar partysugar 5 years 44 weeks
I really want to try this!
wren1 wren1 5 years 44 weeks
This sounds delicious!