Moonshine cherries, also called cherry bombs and spiked cherries are a great adult snack, or wonderful for dressing up a cocktail or dessert. This easy recipe can be stored in your refrigerator, or canned for shelf stable storage. These moonshine cherries also make wonderful gifts. Make some moonshine cherries today. Your taste-buds will thank you!
Imagine these deliciously boozy cherries over vanilla ice cream, baked in a pie, cobbler, or tart. Yum!! These make amazing Christmas gifts. You could also serve them at your holiday table. Take advantage of seasonal fresh cherries whether from the United States in the summertime, or from South America in the winter to make these delicious moonshine cherries!
● Pressure canners these days are much better than they used to be. This is the Pressure Canner used for this tutorial.
● Want to make quart jars? Remember there are two pints in a quart, so simply double this recipe to get 4 quarts of canned green beans.
● In this tutorial, the rings were built into the lid. If you have the old lids + rings + bands, no problem, it works the same way.
● Make sure you sterilize all the parts of your canning jar: the jar itself, lids, bands. Some people just use REALLY hot sink water to get the jars good and hot and clean. You can also run the jars through the dishwasher instead to make sure they are clean and come out hot. And there is the old boil it all on the stove so they come out squeaky clean and remain hot.
- 1 Moonshine Cherries Mise en Place:
- 2 Cherry Moonshine for Cheaters (no still, less waiting!)
- 3 How Long Do Alcohol Soaked Cherries Last? ✅ | Meal Delivery Reviews
- 3.1 How long do cherries in alcohol last?
- 3.2 How long does fruit soaked in alcohol last?
- 3.3 How long do cherries soaked in moonshine last?
- 3.4 How long will cherries last in moonshine?
- 3.5 How long do cherries in syrup last in the fridge?
- 3.6 How do you preserve cherries in brandy?
- 3.7 Do cherries in alcohol need to be refrigerated?
- 4 How to Make Moonshine Cherries – HowtoMoonshine
Moonshine Cherries Mise en Place:
● 3 Pint Canning Jars
● 3 Lids and Screw Tops
● Measuring Cup
● Measuring Spoons
● Cherry Pitter
● Small Saucepan
● Pressure Canner
Moonshine Cherries Recipe Ingredients:
● 4 cups fresh Cherries (Rainier or Bing)
● ¾ cup Sugar
● 3½ cups Rum (or brandy or bourbon – the cherries shown used rum in the recipe)
● 2 TBSP Lemon Juice
Moonshine Cherries Recipe Directions:
● Wash your canning jars lids, gaskets, screw tops in the dishwasher on sanitize, boiling water on the stove, or extremely hot sink water.
● While your canning jars are being cleaned; thoroughly wash your cherries.
● Place sugar and rum into a small saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a simmer while stirring constantly.
● Turn off heat and allow to sit for 15 minutes.
● Stir in lemon juice.
● Remove cherry stems stems, and pit cherries. Use a cherry pitter to make this job much easier. You can also use a steel straw to pop the cherry pits.
● Pack pint jar with cherries
● Pour rum mixture over the cherries in the canning jar leaving 1″ head space at the top. Wipe the rim well to clean.
● Place lid and ring on top and secure tightly.
● If you choose not to process these moonshine cherries, they will still be good for up to a year stored in the back of your refrigerator.
● If you want to make them shelf-stable you can process them by submerging them in a hot water bath for 15 minutes or processing in a pressure canner using the automatic canning button setting.
● Makes 3 pints Moonshine Cherries
Additional Time 30 minutes Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
- 4 cups fresh Cherries (Rainier or Bing)
- ¾ cup Sugar
- 3½ cups Rum (or brandy or bourbon)
- 2 TBSP Lemon Juice
- Wash your canning jars, lids, gaskets, screw tops in the dishwasher on sanitize, boiling water on the stove, or extremely hot sink water.
- While your canning jars are being cleaned; thoroughly wash your cherries.
- Place sugar and rum into a small saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a simmer while stirring constantly.
- Turn off heat and allow to sit for 15 minutes.
- Stir in lemon juice.
- Remove cherry stems stems, and pit cherries. Use a cherry pitter to make this job much easier. You can also use a steel straw to pop the cherry pits.
- Pack pint jar with cherries and pour rum mixture over them leaving 1″ head space at the top. Wipe the rim well to clean.
- Place lid and ring on top and secure tightly.
- If you choose not to process these moonshine cherries, they will still be good for up to a year stored in the back of your refrigerator.
- If you want to make them shelf-stable you can process them by submerging them in a hot water bath for 15 minutes or processing in a pressure canner using the automatic canning button setting.
24 2oz Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 0g
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Cherry Moonshine for Cheaters (no still, less waiting!)
Making moonshine from scratch requires lots of special equipment and lots of waiting. This shortcut cherry moonshine recipe is for impatient types like me!
OK so here is the thing about moonshine: distilling your own booze from scratch is freaking awesome. It's also not super legal, and there are a lot of points where it can go wrong.
Also, there are folks out there making kickass grain alcohols and vodkas, so you don't have to!
Instead of starting from scratch, I grabbed a pint of quality booze and infused it. Boom! Cheater's moonshine!
Most of the infused moonshine recipes I've seen call for grain alcohol, fruit, and a ton of juice and sugar. This is just not my speed at all. A little sugar in a cocktail sometimes is fine, but super sugary drinks just don't sit well in my belly.
To make my cherry moonshine, I used Tito's Handmade Vodka, which seems to be pretty widely available. I was able to buy some at the package store near my house.
Tito's is a vegan vodka, and it's got a very mild flavor. That last part is key to making this cherry moonshine, because you want the cherry and vanilla flavors to shine, not the booze.
This is the moonshine after five days of steeping. It's bright red, and the cherry-vanilla taste was just what I was after at this point.
To Strain, Or Not to Strain?
How Long Do Alcohol Soaked Cherries Last? ✅ | Meal Delivery Reviews
Pour the bourbon mixture evenly over the cherries, then let the mixture cool completely to room temperature. Secure the lids on the mason jars, give them a shake, and refrigerate for at least 3 days before using. The recipe should last for up to 2-3 months.
How long do cherries in alcohol last?
This is a great way to preserve cherries and add a nice boozy depth and spice to these cherries, which can be used in cocktails or as a topper on ice cream. We have easily kept them 4-6 months in the fridge (if they last that long), and they will keep really well and ready to use!
How long does fruit soaked in alcohol last?
I make things with the fruit and I use the fruit-infused spirits in cocktails. I always let the jars sit undisturbed at least 4-6 weeks before opening, then usually use them up within 3-4 weeks once I do.
How long do cherries soaked in moonshine last?
Secure the lid and store in the refrigerator for up to a year. If you’d rather the moonshine cherries be shelf-stable, process them in a hot water bath for 15 minutes. Cherry cola and other cocktails and desserts will never be the same!
How long will cherries last in moonshine?
Generally they will last two years unopened and about six months after opening. They will generally last longer if you store them in the fridge after opening as well.
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How long do cherries in syrup last in the fridge?
Shelf Life Tips To maximize the shelf life of canned cherries after opening, refrigerate in covered glass or plastic container. How long do opened canned cherries last in the refrigerator? Canned cherries that have been continuously refrigerated will keep for about 5 to 7 days.
How do you preserve cherries in brandy?
- Taking care not to bruise the flesh, pack the cherries and cinnamon in a sterilised 1.5 litre jar. Add the sugar and enough of the brandy to cover the cherries.
- Seal the jar and invert several times to help dissolve the sugar. Store in a cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks, inverting the jar every few days.
Do cherries in alcohol need to be refrigerated?
How to Make Moonshine Cherries
Making moonshine cherries is easy if you know what you're doing. In this article, we'll show you how to do it right!
Cherries are a delicious addition to any dessert or cocktail, with the addition of moonshine they go from great to really freakin’ awesome.
One of the best things about moonshine cherries are how easy they are to make. Not only does it only take two ingredients and about five minutes, the end result is fantastic.
How to Make Moonshine
There are two different ways to make moonshine cherries. The first is to start by making your own moonshine.
When making your own shine, you need to first consider your desired final result. A grain-based mash will give you a better ABV (alcohol by volume) or proof than a sugar-based mash.
A fruit based mash will give your shine a subtle fruity flavor but it may be lost in this recipe.
Making a Mash
Once you have selected your recipe, you can get down to the business of making a mash. This process can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours depending on the type of mash you are making.
Fruit-based mash recipes often involve a longer prep time as you usually have to cut and prepare the fruit. Grain-based mash requires a lengthy cook time as it needs time to convert the starches in the mash into fermentable sugar.
You can ensure this process has been completed with an iodine test.
Fermentation is the process in which the fermentable sugars in your mash are converted into alcohol.
This step requires very little work and a whole lot of patience. Once your mash has reached room temperature you need to ‘pitch your yeast’ by adding your yeast and shaking or pouring your yeast from bucket to bucket to aerate it.
Some people choose to strain their mash before fermentation to remove all the solids and others wait until after fermentation. This comes down to personal preference. It is not generally recommended to leave the solids in during distillation as they may scorch and create an unpleasant taste in your moonshine.
Once your mash is prepared for fermentation, it is placed in an airtight fermentation vessel with an airlock which allows the carbon dioxide to escape.