Amarena Cherry Recipe

1 cup
40 min

Make this Amarena Cherry Recipe and you will have the same delicious cherries you love for your cocktails for way less than buying them at the store. This Amarena cherry recipe is so easy to make, only has 2 ingredients, and tastes just like the cherries you find in a fancy jar. This recipe makes sweet, firm, and delicious cherries that are perfect for a cocktail garnish or a dessert. These cherries are very similar to the one's you find in jars at the store, but cost a lot less. This recipe isn’t made from actual Amarena cherries but comes really close to the dessert cherries found in ceramic jars.

Jar of homemade Amarena Cherries for cocktails and desserts!

a cocktail with a homemade amarena cherry as a garnish

can of tart cherries that are used to make Amarena cherries

Recipe details
  • 1  cup
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 35 Minutes Total time: 40 min
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  • 1 cups sour cherries (from a can or a jar)
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Add the cherries and the sugar to a saucepan. Attach your candy thermometer if you have one. On med-high heat, bring mixture to a boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer with bubbles until the mixture becomes foamy. You want the temperature to be at 225 and you don't want the syrup to carmelize. The cherries start out a bright light red/orangy color but will slowly turn a dark red color and shrivel slightly. This is what you want! Whether you are using a thermometer or not, you are looking for a honey-like consistency and the color change to know when the cherries are done. This took about 35 minutes for me.
Transfer the cherries into a sealable jar and allow them to cool. You can refrigerate the cherries for up to a year (if they last that long!).
Emily |
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