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Bachelor's Jam: Tart Cherries in Bourbon

TasteNY logoYou can also use this simple formula with most berries. Watch our video of Chef Bill Briwa making Bachelor's Jam with New York tart cherries.

Bachelor's Jam: Tart Cherries in Bourbon recipe by the CIA



Makes about 4.5 to 5.5 cups

  • 2 1/2 cups (about 1 pound) pitted tart cherries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 to 2 cups bourbon (enough to completely cover cherries in your jar or jars)


  1. Combine cherries and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Spoon the cherry mixture into a glass canning jar with a tight-fitting lid that is large enough to hold all of the cherries in the bottom half. You can also use smaller jars filled up halfway.
  3. Pour in enough bourbon to completely cover the cherries.
  4. Cover the jar or jars with the lids and place in the refrigerator.
  5. Allow the cherries to soak in the bourbon for about 6 weeks, and enjoy!

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