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How to Make Cherry Bounce

This traditional whiskey-based cordial takes quite a while to make but cherry bounce is worth the wait! Just add your ingredients to jars and have some patience! Ok, a lot of patience.

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This recipe is for an alcoholic beverage.  Please follow the laws of your state regarding consumption and drink responsibly. Never drink and drive.

Cherry Bounce Recipe

Never heard of Cherry Bounce? I hadn't either.  Until I read Outlander that is.  Cherry Bunce is a whiskey-based cordial going back to the mid 1600's England.  Colonists coming to the new world brought it with them and it was a taste of home for the expatriated Scots that settled in the mountains of North Carolina. With six little words from Outlander's author Diana Gabaldon, Cherry Bounce made a resurgence with the books' massive fan-base. Of course I had to try it and I'm sure glad I did.

Diana was absolutely correct...“That Cherry Bounce must be good stuff.” ― Diana Gabaldon, A Breath of Snow and Ashes.

How do you make Cherry Bounce?

The main ingredient is patience! That along with a fifth of pretty cheap whiskey (or brandy, or vodka, or even rum), a little Amaretto, some lemon peels, and Bing cherries.  You'll need at least 12 pint size mason jars, maybe more if you like a lot of cherries.

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Start out by adding 1 oz of Amaretto to each jar.

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Evenly divide the cherries between the jars and then add 1 to 2 Tbs of Cherry Juice along with a few lemon peel strips.  A note about the cherries. You can use as many as you like.  Once this has aged, eating the Cherries will pack a punch - eat at your own caution.

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Fill the jars with the whiskey and close tightly.  Place in a dark cool place for about 6 months; gently shaking every few weeks.

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Slàinte Mhaith!!

What does that mean? Good health!

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cherry bounce

Cherry Bounce

This traditional whiskey-based takes quite a while to make but cherry bounce cordial is worth the wait! Just add your ingredients to jars and have some patience!
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Mellowing Time 180 days
Total Time 180 days 30 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, English


  • 12 pint-sized Mason Jars


  • 12 oz. Amaretto
  • Zest strips from 1 lemon
  • 1 or 2 jars pitted cherries drained with juice reserved
  • Fifth of Whiskey 750 ml - quality doesn’t matter


  • Add once ounce of Amaretto and a few lemon peel strips to each jar
  • Evenly divide cherries into the jars along with 1 to 2 Tbs reserved juice per each jar
  • Fill jar to the top with whiskey and seal tightly
  • Put in a dark place for about 6 months, gently shaking every month
Keyword Amaretto, Cherries, Cherry, Whiskey
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