Easy Cherry Bourbon Sorbet

July 18, 2023

All you need to make this Easy Cherry Bourbon Sorbet is fresh cherries, simple syrup, lime juice, bourbon, and a blender!  No ice cream maker required for this boozy frozen treat!

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Easy Cherry Bourbon Sorbet served in glasses. Small bowl of fresh cherries, gold spoon, and fresh mint sit around the glasses.

Cherry season has been so good this year!  I’ve been buying bag after bag of dark and sweet cherries.  Well, up until it became ice cream season.  Then, the last bag of cherries I bought sat in the fridge.  I snacked on a small bunch when they were first purchased.  They were pretty much left untouched after that.

I’m not one to let food spoil and get wasted.  So before the cherries ended up a shriveled, soggy mess for the trash, I decided to make a cherry sorbet.  A mashup of two of my favorite summer treats with an extra special touch – a splash of bourbon!

Top view of Easy Cherry Bourbon Sorbet sitting in a glass with a spoon and fresh mint. Fresh cherries sit around the glass.

Like most fruit sorbets, this cherry bourbon sorbet is made with fresh fruit, water, sugar, and a little lime juice.  The addition of bourbon compliments the cherry flavor.  And since the alcohol doesn’t freeze, it also gives this sorbet its smooth and silky texture.  You’ve gotta love those easy scoops!

Easy Cherry Bourbon Sorbet

If you’re looking for a boozy, icy treat to enjoy during the summer, grab a cherry pitter and put that bag of fresh cherries to use!  Of course, you can skip the prep by using a bag of frozen cherries instead.

Frozen cherries spread out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

The first thing we need to do is prep the cherries.  Pit the cherries and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  You’ll need about 4 cups of cherries.

Place the baking sheet in the freezer and freeze for about 4 hours, or overnight, until the cherries are solid.

Cherry bourbon sorbet mix blended in a blender.

Next, we’re going to whip up a quick simple syrup and let it cool.  Place the cherries, simple syrup, lime juice, and bourbon in a blender or food processor.

Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides every couple of minutes.

Easy Cherry Bourbon Sorbet frozn in a loaf pan with an ice cream scoop.

Spoon the sorbet mixture into a loaf pan and freeze for an hour.  After an hour, stir the sorbet and place it back into the fridge for 2 more hours, or until frozen enough for scooping.

Serve the cherry sorbet with fresh mint leaves, if desired.

Easy Cherry Bourbon Sorbet

Easy Cherry Bourbon Sorbet


  • 4 cups fresh cherries, pitted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 water
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 1/2 tsp. bourbon


  1. Spread fresh cherries evenly onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Freeze for 4 hours or overnight.
  2. When ready to make sorbet, add the sugar and water to a small pot. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and cool.
  3. Add the frozen cherries, simple syrup, lime juice, and bourbon to a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth, stopping every minute or so to scrap the sides.
  4. Once blended, add the mixture to a loaf pan and freeze for 1 hour.
  5. After 1 hour, stir the sorbet and place it back into the freezer for 2 or more hours, until frozen and easy to scoop.
  6. Serve the sorbet with fresh mint leaves, if desired.
  7. Store sorbet in loaf pan covered with plastic wrap.
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Easy Cherry Bourbon Sorbet served in glasses with fresh mint. Spoon sits in a glass and fresh cherries sit around the glasses.

You can absolutely make this sorbet without the bourbon if you want to make a sweet, frozen treat for the kiddos.  But for the adults, it’s a fun, boozy summertime dessert!  Try it with a flavored vodka – like vanilla – as well!

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