Drunken Cherry Ice Cream - Savory Simple

I’m probably pushing my luck here but I decided to squeeze in one final ice cream recipe this season! And one with cherries, no less. I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself. This drunken cherry ice cream made with Grand Marnier exceeded all of my expectations when I prepared it a few weeks ago. I served it at a food blogger potluck and everyone seemed to enjoy it! I feel like that’s the ultimate seal of approval. 

Drunken Cherry Ice Cream - Savory Simple

I wanted this recipe to be slightly richer than my typical ice cream so instead of using 50% heavy cream and 50% whole milk I used 50% heavy cream and 50% half and half. You can taste the difference in every spoonful. It’s silky smooth without being over-the-top heavy.

Drunken Cherry Ice Cream - Savory Simple

I decided to puree the cherries completely for a smooth ice cream but if you prefer some texture don’t blend them quite so long. Simply process the mixture briefly and enjoy little bites of liquor soaked cherries.

Drunken Cherry Ice Cream - Savory Simple

Drunken Cherry Ice Cream
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Serves: approximately 1 quart
  • 1 pound cherries, pitted (frozen cherries may be substituted)
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier, divided
  • ⅓ cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  1. Place cherries in a large bowl. Add ½ cup Grand Marnier + 2 tablespoons sugar. Stir, cover, and chill for at least 30 minutes, stirring periodically.
  2. Pour the cherries and all the liquid into a large skillet or saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook the cherries, stirring frequently, until they're very soft and the liquid has reduced and thickened, approximately 15 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool briefly and then puree in a blender. For some texture in the ice cream, don't puree the cherries completely.
  3. Heat the cream, half & half, and vanilla in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and ⅓ cup sugar. When the cream begins to simmer, turn the heat to low and ladle half of it into the egg mixture while whisking. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan, using a spatula to get everything out of the bowl. Using a heatproof spatula or wooden spoon, stir the custard over low heat until it thickens up a bit and coats the back of spatula.
  4. Allow the mixture to cool for several minutes, stirring periodically. Take a small taste and if you feel that it needs more Grand Marnier flavor, stir in an additional 1-2 tablespoons. Pour the liquid into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic directly against the liquid to prevent a skin from forming. Chill until very cold, preferably overnight.
  5. Prepare the ice cream in a machine according to manufacturer's instructions.


  • http://wickedgoodkitchen.com Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen

    Beautiful cherry ice cream, girl! I love adding Grand Marnier to berries and cherries. Thanks for this last bit of summer! Pinned!

  • http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/ Tieghan

    So gorgeous! I love your light in these photos!! Just stunning!

  • Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    This is an ice cream super model….crazy good shot!

  • http://www.pineappleandcoconut.com Shanna@ pineapple and coconut

    Stunning!! I am adding this recipe to my list to make. I am all about making homemade ice cream and with boozy cherries sign me up!

  • http://www.blahnikbaker.com Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    These images are stunning!

  • http://tutti-dolci.com Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    So pretty, I love that you added Grand Marnier!

  • http://justonecookbook.com/blog/ Nami | Just One Cookbook

    So happy to see one more ice cream from you, and this is just a lovely flavor! Your photo is gorgeous – that ice cream is waiting for me to eat! :)

  • http://www.jopreetskitchen.com Preeti Tamilarasan

    fabulous shot :)

  • http://Feedingthefoodie.blogspot.com Archana @ feedingthefoodie

    so glad you are still making ice cream – and drunken at that! Lets all hold on to summer – we had a 90 degree day in NYC yesterday, so who says summer is over.
    The ice cream looks so yummy and your pics are lovely!

  • http://www.girlversusdough.com Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    It’s never too late to post an ice cream recipe, especially one that sounds this amazing. YUM x 1000.

  • http://ny-foodgasm.blogspot.com Sophia @ NYFoodgasm

    Ohhhhh yeah this sounds AMAZING! The photos simply ROCK! Love your style so sensual!

  • http://omeletta.com Ruthy @ Omeletta

    Your photos looks gorgeous today!! I love the simplicity of metal on metal. Heading on over to Safest Choice Eggs as we speak!

  • Susan

    This ice cream sounds absolutely delicious. One thing I like about it, beyond the flavors, is that it has very little sugar in it. I get really tired overly sweet desserts. It looks like this recipe has enough flavor from other sources that it doesn’t need a lot of sugar.

  • http://www.crunchycreamysweet.com Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    Gorgeous photos, Jen! And this ice cream – way to end the summer!

  • http://www.loveandzest.com Kristina @ Love & Zest

    these images are stunning. I love the contrast of the purple on the moody background! looks so creamy.

  • http://www.londonbakes.com Kathryn

    I fully support eating ice cream all year long and I love the sound of this one. Such a great combination of flavours especially with that boozy kick.

  • ashley – baker by nature

    I say push your luck as far as it will go when it comes to ice cream! Especially one this damn amazing!!!

  • http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    Save me a scoop! Sounds incredible, Jennifer!

  • http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    Drunken cherry ice cream sound SUBLIME.

  • http://www.tasteloveandnourish.com Caroline

    Could you do the rest of us a favor and take a lousy photo once in a while? ;) The lighting could not be more perfect…I could just stare at these all day…well, as long as I had a bowl of that ice cream in my hands! Lovely!

  • http://www.grubarazzi.com Grubarazzi

    Call me crazy, but I CRAVE ice cream in the cold weather so, please, keep posting. Let’s hope someone doesn’t take these gorgeous photos, turn your ice cream green, and post it on all of the food porn sites as perfect avocado ice cream (sorry, I just can’t get over that crap).

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Hehehe good call back!

  • Kim Beaulieu

    Jen this is simply stunning. I am in love with this ice cream.

  • http://hungryaustralian.com Christina @ The Hungry Australian

    Gorgeous recipe, Jen. We’re coming into cherry season in Oz – I can’t wait to go cherry picking at my friend’s farm and make pies and ice cream galore!

  • http://www.mykitchenaddiction.com Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

    Gorgeous! I use my ice cream maker all year long… And, I just happen to have some cherries that I froze earlier this summer that would be perfect for some ice cream. Love the addition of Grand Marnier! :)

  • http://hipfoodiemom.com Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Love this ice cream recipe and can’t blame you for wanting to squeeze one more in! Love this and looks delicious! Heading over to the recipe now!

  • Sean C

    Quite lovely! I think I will try this recipe.

  • http://www.stephsbitebybite.com steph@stephsbitebybite

    This sounds so incredible!!! Just need a spoon and some hot fudge!

  • Karen D

    Looks so good! I really love cherry ice cream, so this is a must-try for next time I find fresh cherries

  • Mer

    This sounds absolutely amazing! Though I do like chunks in mine, so I think I’d blend just a bit less.

  • http://ingredientsinc.net Alison @ Ingredients Inc.

    SO pretty!

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  • Alina

    These images are gorgeous!

  • elizabeth

    omg that ice cream looks delicious!

  • http://theviewfromGreatIsland.com Sue/the view from great island

    This is pretty much the ultimate ice cream post!

  • http://Making-More.com Kelly

    This photo is gorgeous!

  • http://www.highlandsranchfoodie.com Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)

    This is a better than great photo of ice cream. And the recipe is a must try. Pinned.

  • Sowmya

    Lovely ice cream that I ve ever come across. Excellent lighting and photography. Do u have any non alcoholic substitutes that I can use as we don t drink alcohol. I ve bookmarked u r recipe.

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      Omit the alcohol and make “cherry ice cream” :)

      • Sowmya


  • Nancy Long

    being as it’s not cherry season, could you use frozen cherries?