Cherry vodka

Prep: 10 mins Plus 4 weeks


Makes 750ml

We say make it a double! This is perfect chilled, with a few cherries in, or make it long and add some soda or lemonade

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per 50ml measure

  • kcal169
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0.03g
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  • 400g cherry



    One of the delights of the summer, cherries are much loved for their succulent texture, flavour…

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 70cl bottle vodka



    Originally associated with Russia, Slavonic, Baltic and Scandinavian countries, vodka has become…


  1. Slit the cherries, but don’t cut them in half.

  2. Put in a pan with the sugar and 150ml water, then heat, stirring gently, until the juices run and the sugar has dissolved.

  3. Remove from the heat, then spoon into a large bottle or jar.

  4. Add the vodka and mix well. Seal, then leave for 4 weeks before drinking to let the flavours steep. For ice cold vodka, keep the bottle in the freezer (it won’t freeze solid) or simply decant into a carafe, if you like.

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Comments (16)

trudee74's picture

Help needed quick lol you spoon the cherries and liquid into the vodka..or just the cherries ...Or just the liquid...

sharondohery's picture

Last year i made toffee vodka , with a good food recipe , but i have misplaced it. seem to think it had more than the two ingredients than ive used , can anyone help please ?

loony2k's picture

Do you make this with stones in or not?

fishingbird's picture

Just made this for the first time,after reading some the comments I did leave it for 5 weeks.It's terrific!! I will be doing again next year with more fresh Cherries

xsallyx's picture

Love this. I'm just starting the second batch! :-)

alisar's picture

This was really lovely, although I found that after the initial 4 weeks it tasted a bit weak, so I left it another 2 or 3 weeks in addition and then it tasted fantastic. Will definitely make it again next year when cherries are back in season. Currently making the Arrancello recipe (orange vodka) - another fantastic recipe on the GoodFood web-site. I also left the stones in when making this and it didn't cause any problems.

clootiedumplin's picture

Mary Cadogan didn't say to stone the cherries, so I've left them in. This is the second time I've made cherry vodka, and I'm sure I left stones in last year, and I'm still here to tell the tale!
It also disappeared pretty quick last time, so going to make a few more batches while cherries are still in shops. Let you know what this batch will be like month from now.

mofli123's picture

Put the whole lot into the bottle: juices, cherries, sugar and vodka. The whole idea is that the heat releases the juice, if not it would just be vodka with cherries floating in it! Nice, but not AS nice! Enjoy.

bunzarelli's picture

What isn't clear is whether you should put the juice into the bottle with the cherries?

mofli123's picture

I've just made this year's new batch...and had to finish last year's batch to make room for it. Ie. it will keep in the fride perfectly for a year. I even bottled it into decorative bottles as gifts...even up to Christmas (if it lasts that long!). A brilliant recipe. Only one thing: stone the cherries first - I hear that the stones are poisnous (and it gives you something to happily chew on once you have finished your drink!). Enjoy!!

lizzyhughesdon's picture

We made this before Christmas and it was very popular, nearly didn't make it to Christmas it was so good!

chrissyfry's picture

amazing ..............hic

chrissyfry's picture

this is a lovely and very popular with friends and family i was very pleased with the result

mofli123's picture

can anyone tall me how long this will keep for? i would like to bottle it into pretty bottles as christmas presents.

theflemingzoo's picture

This is a brilliant recipe. Will certainly be making it again.

Questions (3)

gardinergal's picture

Does this work with frozen cherries? I was going to do half a batch to try it and Aldi have frozen cherries which I bought to make jam so I was going to try using them for this

goodfoodteam's picture
Hi there, thanks for your question. Yes it will work with frozen cherries too. You should sterilise the jars, although the alcohol preserves this too.
sukisukiloves's picture

Do i need to sterilise the jars first?

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