Homemade Cherry Liqueur – Gluten Free

A few weeks ago, a member mentioned cherry liqueur. My taste buds asked me, “What?!!!” I had to make homemade cherry liqueur. My husband loves cherry everything. The gal who mentioned it was using it to flavor Homemade Whipped Cream to fill Gluten Free Chocolate Cream Puffs. I had to do the same. It is amazing! My favorite way to serve this cherry liqueur though is over crushed ice in a shot glass…an adult snow cone. That’s a thing now!
Update: If prefer to omit the cherry emulsion by LorAnn Oils, use more cherry juice but reduce it to the amount.

Cherry Liqueur Recipe

Make this delicious and potent flavor explosion of cherry liqueur recipe to flavor whipped cream, make a cocktail with soda, an after-dinner drink, or adult snow cone.


  • 1-1/4 cups natural maraschino cherry juice Royal Harvest Natural Cherries
  • 1/3 cup gluten free vodka or rum (See Gluten Free Vodka List)
  • 1/8 teaspoon gluten free cherry flavored extract (LorAnn Oils) or less to your liking (optional*)


  1. Cook the juice over medium to medium-high heat until it reaches 245ºF, reducing to between 2/3 and 3/4 cup.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  3. Transfer to a heatproof glass or container and refrigerate until room temperature or cool. (Once it cools, it will develop into a syrup consistency.)
    Homemade Cherry Liqueur
  4. Stir in the vodka or rum and a little cherry flavoring. Go light on the flavoring as it is extremely potent.

    Cherry Liqueur in Shot Glass Over Crushed Ice
  5. Store in a jar or empty alcohol bottle and allow the ingredients to marry for several days. However, if you're in a pinch, go ahead and use it without resting. Use to flavor and add additional sweetness to homemade whipped cream, add to crushed ice to make an adult snow cone, shake chilled liqueur with ice and serve as an after-dinner drink along with or for dessert. 

    Cherry Liqueur Whipped Cream Filled Mini Gluten Free Cream Puffs


*If prefer to omit the cherry emulsion by LorAnn Oils, use 1-1/2 cups cherry juice and reduce it to about 3/4 cup.

2 Replies to “Homemade Cherry Liqueur – Gluten Free”

  1. I ended up using plain gf cream puffs. Put a dollop of thick fudge sauce in puff. Topped chocolate with one of those yummy expensive cherries in syrup and topped with the cherry liquor whipped cream and cream puff top. Delicious!

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