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Cherry-Infused Bourbon Whiskey

As you may remember, I bought 2 pints of sour cherries from the farmer’s market a few weeks ago. I pitted them all and froze them, hoping to save them until peaches are here for a peach cherry cobbler.

As I was reading about pitting cherries, I saw a recipe for Cherry Pit Vinegar. This made me think what else I could do with my pits. So instead of making vinegar, I decided to infuse my pits into bourbon.

Cherry-Infused Bourbon Whiskey

Image courtesy of This is a total experiment, but I’ve got high hopes for it! Here’s what I did for posterity’s sake.

  1. First, I sterilized a wide-mouthed 3-cup mason jar and lid.
  2. Then I placed about 1 cup of cherry pits in the jar followed by 16 fl oz bourbon whiskey.
  3. Sealed it up, shook it and put it in the closet. I plan to leave it there for 3 weeks (shaking once a week), then I’ll strain out the pits through a cheese cloth and store in the jar.

I used Black Eagle Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (80 proof) for what it’s worth. It was cheap, but not the cheapest, I think about $12 for a 750mL bottle. In case it didn’t take in as much flavor as I would have liked after 3 weeks, I saved about 1 Tbsp of cherry juice in the freezer that I can add into the final product.

I’m going a little overboard maybe with the whole pit thing. I have about 3lbs of plum pits in the refrigerator that I want to infuse into brandy and vodka. Worth a shot, right?

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  1. Hi Dan!

    I’m making a bunch of maraschino cherries today, and am curious about how your experiment turned out. Is it worthwhile?

    • Mickki- I think overall it did. You definitely get some cherry flavor in the bourbon, but much of the original bourbon flavor is still there, so go with one you would like to drink anyway. It certainly didn’t make it worse and it was easy to do. I like it mixed with some orange juice. Maraschino cherries sounds awesome and something I never really tried to make, but that would go nicely with a cherry-infused bourbon cocktail 😉 Good luck and let me know how it turns out.

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