Vanilla Ice Cream with Drunken Cherries

Boy, I don’t know where the last couple of weeks have gone.  Busy doing……….I have no idea.

While I was fighting my bout with the winter funk, my best bud,  BrazenBites sent me a care package.  And WOW was it ever a good one.

I LOVE Trader Joes.  What a fun place to shop and I could spend waaaaay too much money.  Good thing they don’t have one any closer than Portland.  Good excuse for a road trip to see my best bud, but that’s probably not gonna happen for a bit.

Anyway…..I digress.  Enclosed was a recipe for drunken cherries.  With the suggestion that they are wonderful over “good” vanilla ice cream.  Ice cream…hmmmm…..well,  Ina’s chocolate was the bomb, so why not try her vanilla.  And, yes, I was glad I did.  Simple and yummy.



  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean


Heat the cream, sugar, vanilla, and vanilla seeds in a small saucepan only until the sugar is dissolved. Be sure the sugar is dissolved – you will no longer feel any grittiness from the sugar if you rub some cream between your fingers. Strain into a bowl, cover, and chill very well. Freeze the mixture in an ice cream freezer according to the manufacturer’s directions. Spoon into a freezer container and allow to chill in the freezer for a few hours. Allow to soften before serving.

How’s that for easy.  Now on to the drunken cherries.


1 cup pitted dried tart cherries

1/4 cup amaretto

3 Tbsp sugar

1/4 cup boiling water

Dissolve sugar in water then add cherries and amaretto.  Let sit for 12 hrs.

The hardest part of this is letting the cherries it for 12 hours!!!!!!    Yummmmm I think there is enough booze in them to add them to the ice cream just before it’s ready to come out of the ice cream maker and not break your teeth when you eat it.

My Honey headed back to work this morning.  Its gong to tough having him gone all day.  Kinda used to having him around, but the bank account says “it’s time”.    This week is Spring Break for set #2 of gkids, so they are with me alot this week.  Next week is Spring Break for set #1, so WyoNella and the boys will be here next Monday for a few days.  Will be good to see them.


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2 Responses to “Vanilla Ice Cream with Drunken Cherries”

  1. Shoy Says:

    So glad you liked them-hell, they’d be good over “average” vanilla ice cream, but Ina’s must have put them over the top!!

  2. justgrams Says:

    But you said goood

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