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Mulled Vanilla Brandied Cherries

Recipe By Savory Spice—South End/Charlotte, NC


6 to 8 servings

Recipe By Savory Spice—South End/Charlotte, NC

This is an easy way to preserve those gorgeous summer cherries.

Serving Suggestions

Enjoy spiced cherries and cherry syrup in your favorite drink or dessert. Store sealed in refrigerator and use within 6 weeks.

Recipe Notes

This recipe lends itself to exploration. Try Black Onyx Chocolate Sugar in place of Vanilla Bean Sugar or Chai Spices in place of Mulling Spices.


1/3 cup water

2 Tbsp. granulated sugar

10 oz. fresh or frozen cherries (washed, pitted and destemmed)

3/4 cup brandy

1 tsp. lemon or lime juice

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Vanilla Bean Sugar

    This sugar is a customer favorite for it's classic flavor that's great on all kinds of desserts. Perfect for coffee. Sprinkle on hot and cold cerea...

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  • Mulling Spices

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  • Muslin Bags

    These handy little bags are used to infuse flavor into soups, stews, sauces, stocks and drinks such as mulled wine.


In a small saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Place Mulling Spices in a muslin bag and add bag to sugar water. Stir in brandy and cherries. Return mixture to a boil then lower heat and simmer for 5 min. Remove from heat and stir in lemon or lime juice. Transfer cherries, liquid and muslin bag with spices to a Mason jar. Let cool uncovered. Seal jar and refrigerate for 48 hours. After 48 hours, remove and discard muslin bag with spices.