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Cherry Bounce

Smooth and with the fragrant flavor of sweet cherries, this homemade cherry bounce makes a wonderful holiday gift. For an additional treat, the drained cherries are delicious over vanilla ice cream. —Matt Warren, Mequon, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Cook: 25 min. + standing
  • Makes
    5-1/4 cups


  • 4-1/2 pounds fresh unpitted sweet cherries
  • 2-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1-1/2 cups spiced rum
  • 1-1/2 cups brandy


  • Place cherries in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until soft. Strain juice through a cheesecloth-lined colander; divide cherries among six 1-pint jars.
  • Return juice to saucepan; add sugar and allspice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl; cool completely.
  • Stir in rum and brandy; pour syrup into bottles over cherries. Cover and let stand for at least 1 month, stirring every week. Store in a cool, dry place up to 3 months.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 ounces: 160 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 28g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.

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