Bourbon Roasted Cherries- this simple fruit compote is perfect over ice cream, cake, or even oatmeal! Works beautifully with frozen fruit and keeps in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Bourbon Roasted Cherries

These Bourbon Roasted Cherries take only a few simple ingredients to make a sinfully delicious treat. Spoon over ice cream, cheesecake, oatmeal or just enjoy with a spoon! Serve at room temperature or warmed, these drunken cherries will keep in the refrigerator for two weeks.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword roasted cherries
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 117kcal
Author ©Emily Grace | Grace and Good Eats


  • 12 oz bag frozen pitted tart red or dark sweet cherries
  • 3 tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp bourbon such as Maker's Mark
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Stir together cherries, brown sugar, bourbon, ginger, and salt in a small roasting pan or baking dish.
  • Roast for 25 minutes (stirring occasionally) or until the mixture smells very fragrant and cherries have released a lot of liquid.
  • Once the cherries have roasted, stir in the vanilla and let cool.


Transfer to a clean jar and refrigerate for up to two weeks. Serve at room temperature or warmed gently in a saucepan over low heat.
Tip: I went heavy-handed on the bourbon and scant with the ginger. Cinnamon would also be wonderful but don't skimp the vanilla.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.4mg