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preserved cherries in amaretto in a small jar seen from above

Amaretto Cherries

Amaretto cherries made from scratch, boozy, delicious, and inexpensive. A perfect addition to lots of desserts and even savory dishes.
Course Preserves and Canning Recipes
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 5 -6 jars
Calories 500kcal
Author Adina


  • 1500 g/ 3.3 lb sweet cherries
  • 300 g/ 10.6 oz/ 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 240 ml/ 6.8 fl.oz/ 1 cup Amaretto liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ – ½ teaspoon bitter almond flavor Note


  • Stone the cherries with a cherry pitter. Place them in a large heavy-bottomed pot. Add the sugar, stir gently, and bring to a boil. Cook gently for about 15 to 20 minutes, the liquid should start to look like a light syrup.
  • Add lemon juice, alcohol, vanilla extract, and bitter almond flavor. Continue cooking for 10 more minutes. Remove the foam.
  • Divide the cherries between the sterilized jars and cover them completely with the liquid. Seal well and let cool. Keep in a dark cool place and let steep for about 3-4 weeks before serving. Once you open a jar, keep it refrigerated.



Always use to taste, too much can be overpowering. If using bitter almond essence (which is stronger), start with 3-4 drops and only add more (if necessary) after tasting.


Serving: 1jar | Calories: 500kcal | Carbohydrates: 106g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 97g