Drunken Cherry Shortcake ~ Savory Simple

I’ve never met a boozy dessert I didn’t like. I absolutely love macerating berries in whatever liquor we have available and that’s the basis for this drunken cherry shortcake recipe!

Grand Marnier has an orange flavor that enhances the cherries and brings out their natural sweetness. If you don’t have that on hand, rum or vodka will also work really well. I used store bought biscuits to prepare this dessert but feel free to use your favorite homemade recipe!

Drunken Cherry Shortcake with Vanilla Simple Syrup
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Serves: 6 servings
  • 6 store bought or homemade biscuits
Drunken Cherries:
  • 1¾ pounds fresh cherries (approximately 4½ cups)
  • ⅓ cup Grand Marnier
  • ½ cup sugar
  • zest of 1 orange
Mascarpone Filling:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 8-ounce container of mascarpone cheese
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Vanilla Simple Syrup:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
Prepare the cherries:
  1. Wash and pit all of the cherries. I highly recommend a cherry pitter to make this process cleaner and faster.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the pitted cherries with the Grand Marnier, sugar and zest. Cover and let them macerate in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, stirring occasionally. I recommend letting them sit overnight.
Prepare the filling:
  1. In a stand mixer, whisk the cream, mascarpone, sugar and vanilla until they reach a stiff peak. Be careful not to over-whip. Set aside.
Prepare the simple syrup:
  1. Bring water and sugar to a boil.
  2. Let the mixture cook until the sugar has completely dissolved. For a thicker syrup, allow the mixture to reduce for several minutes.
  3. Allow to cool.
  1. Once the first three components are prepared, bake the biscuits.
  2. Allow them to cool slightly, then cut in half.
  3. Pipe or spoon a generous amount of the filling onto the biscuit, then top with drunken cherries. Drizzle some of the cherry juice on top.
  4. Pipe a bit more filling on top of the cherries, then top with the second half of the biscuit.
  5. Pipe some filling on top and garnish with a cherry.
  6. Drizzle simple syrup on top of or around the shortcake.
You may have leftover drunken cherries, depending on how much you use with each serving. I recommend enjoying them over vanilla ice cream :)

  • http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/ Choc Chip Uru

    Your shortcake looks absolutely stunning :D
    I’m in love with your twist!!

    Choc Chip Uru

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

    Drunken cherries? Mascarpone filling? I’m in heaven! Oh and your photo is a stunner – but you already knew that ;)

  • http://www.cookincanuck.com Cookin’ Canuck

    What a fantastic recipe…everything from those amazing drunken cherries, to the mascarpone filling, to the biscuits. I know I’d eat every last morsel.

  • http://stowell.wordpress.com Roger Stowell

    Got to say it looks delicious.

  • http://www.notquitenigella.com Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    That’s very nice of them! I love the sound of those flavours too :D

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  • Mary Ellen @ Pâte à Chew

    What a beautiful and delicious dessert (and what a lovely company!). I’m a fan of pretty much anything with cherries in it!

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    To beat the summer heat, I like to make frozen slushies and smoothies using fruit, ice, and yogurt. I subsribed via email!

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    Drunken cherries? Awesome!

    I beat the heat with a/c, ice cream, and gin & tonics. :)

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    I beat the heat with air conditioning!

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  • http://wonderlandkitchen.com/ Molly @WonderlandK

    I will loudly second the advice about acquiring a cherry pitter. I made a batch of maraschino cherries the other night and tried out that Food52 hack with the chopstick and the beer bottle, but my cherries weren’t having it. Luckily I only needed a pound.

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    I prefer to go to the lake where it’s 10 degrees cooler, to beat the heat!
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    Ok, I did all of them! And…I’m subscribed in my reader too (RSS). They look delightful!

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    I thought I already was a Facebook fan! Glad that was rectified :-)

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  • http://www.thewickednoodle.com kristy @ the wicked noodle

    Fan of Robinhood Meetinghouse, now…and a genuine one. Those biscuits look divine!

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  • http://www.thewickednoodle.com kristy @ the wicked noodle

    Tweeted! And can I just say that your photos are gorgeous and I want that shortcake this minute? Cherries, mascarpone, yummy biscuits? I’m off to pin!

  • http://theorangebee.wordpress.com LInda

    To beat the summer heat I like to eat a lot of fresh summer berries, peaches and melons. Sometimes plain sometimes dressed in simple sweet vinaigrettes, whipped cream or on top of ice cream.

  • http://www.grubarazzi.com Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)

    You have some of my favorite ingredients in this one… cherries…grande marnier. ugh. I want this. I like the beat the summer heat with a cold shower after a long run. It is my reason for living lately. I already follow you on Facebook, twitter, and email. hehehe.

  • http://thekalechronicles.com Sharyn Dimmick

    We have not had any heat yet this summer, Jen (It’s early yet). When it gets hot, I head to the Berkeley Marina and open-water swimming. That cherry shortcake sounds delicious.

  • http://thedomesticrebel.com Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Absolutely stunning, Jen! Love fresh cherries, and nothing beats a homemade shortcake!

  • http://www.averiecooks.com Averie @ Averie Cooks

    I like to beat the summer heat by drinking iced coffee or smoothies!

  • http://www.soulicious.net Kim Daly

    I hit the pool with my toddler on our days off; nothing beats chilling in a shallow kiddie ares while my little one splashes around and giggles.

  • http://www.averiecooks.com Averie @ Averie Cooks

    FB fan and I LOVE the drunken cherries idea!

  • Sush

    This looks fabulous!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist

    You had me at drunken.

  • http://maddogtvdinners.wordpress.com Mad Dog

    That’s a shame about the delivery, but can’t be helped. I love the look of those cherries ;-)

  • http://judyskitchen.blogspot.com Judy

    How nice they sent you more biscuits. Interesting story and creative recipe.

  • http://trialsinfood.wordpress.com Yvonne

    looks yummy!

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    I like to cool off by eating massive amounts of sorbet! (I already have an email subscription to your fab. blog.) :D

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    Thank you so much as they all look delicious!

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    this is such a gorgeous dessert!

  • http://2createincolor.com Gail

    I beat the heat with fresh squeezed lime over cantaloupe and honeydew!
    … and iced espresso!

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    I’m already your fan on facebook! You make me hungry every morning ;)

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    Just Liked Robinhood Meetinghouse on fb
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    I’ll gladly follow all the links and look forward to finding these wonderful biscuits in our local stores…I hope I can find them! I won’t ask to be included in the contest, though. We’re gone so much I fear we’d have the same sad story! And I, too, hate waste! This is a great recipe, and I just love that you introduce us to so many new products! :-)

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    Looks divine!


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    Fantastic looking dessert!

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    Beautiful dessert!

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  • http://www.sweetpeaskitchen.com Christina @ Sweet Pea’s Kitchen

    These shortcakes look incredible! Wish I had one for dessert tonight! :)

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    Tweeted your link! Thank you so much as Drunken Shortcake looks Drunkenly Delicious! :)

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    I subscribe by email.

    I like to make homemade frozen treats to beat the heat

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    I’m now a facebook fan of Robinhood Meetinghouse

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    I tweeted the message! (The cherry cakes look yummy!)

  • sandra williams

    wow, I think this would be refreshing. But spending time at the ocean helps too….

  • http://www.acanadianfoodie.com A Canadian Foodie

    I love that this recipe is so simple, so gorgeous and promises rave reviews. I also love that I can use my preserved Bourbon Cherries in it, and my homemade Mascarpone. I would call this a WIN WIN WIN!

  • http://www.picnicatmarina.com Marina@Picnic at Marina

    What a great dessert for Friday night! :)

  • http://grazinginthecity.com Bill

    I love everything about this recipe. From the biscuits, to the Grand Marnier, to the marscapone. Every. Thing. Yumm!

  • http://whatshouldieatforbreakfasttoday.tumblr.com/ Marta @ What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today?

    drunken cherries – wow, what a cool name.

  • http://thehungryartist.wordpress.com melissa@the hungry artist

    Your cherry shortcakes look amazing! I love that their soaked in Grand Marnier. Yum!

    To beat the heat, I made a lot of quick sorbets with fresh frozen fruit — just blend it up with coconut milk in my vitamix. :)

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    Also following you on Twitter!

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    I was thinking of coming to DC Food Show but life got in the way and never did. Sounds like it was lots of fun, although you ended up with a tummy ache.
    The shortcake looks great!

  • http://www.orgasmicchef.com Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I love this shortcake! I shouldn’t be surprised, EVERYTHING from Maine is wonderful!

    (even me LOL)

  • http://wee-eats.com natalie

    i’m a wimp, i beat the heat by fleeing! (we drive 2 hours north where it is about 10 – 20 degrees cooler) Haha!

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    also i follow you on FB

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  • http://mysanfranciscokitchen.com/ Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen

    Mmm I love cherries AND shortcake. Great combo!

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  • Ray

    I also like Robinhood Meetinghouse on Facebook too! Thanks for the tasty giveaway and quite delicious looking recipe as the pictures make me hungry! LOL

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    this looks so good and very kind of them

  • http://www.anecdotesandapples.com Monet

    So many comments for such a great post! I beat the summer heat by visiting my family in cool Colorado! This cherry shortcake looks like it would make my plan even better. I know everyone would love it!

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

    I’ve never tried Robinhood Meetinghouse brand but the packaging looks fancy and nice. Delicious shortcake!! I love your first picture. Very very drool worthy….

  • http://bakerstreet.tv Baker Street

    Woah! Your shortcake looks incredible! The drunken cherry is a great idea!

  • http://www.tartineandapronstrings.com/ Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings

    Drunken cherry shortcake? Why not? Can I use kirsch – a cherry liqueur – to make the fruits drunk? (Heeheehee…)

  • http://www.redomestication.com Michelle MacPhearson

    That was mouth watering. You just made me hungry.

  • love2dine

    Those photos make me so hungry and I haven’t stopped for dinner yet! Wonderful post!

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    I like to beat the summer heat with a nice cold homebrew (made by my hubby)!

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    I liked Robinhood Meetinghouse on Facebook. By the way, how were the Triple Ginger biscuits? They sound so good!

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    I follow Savory Simple on Twitter.

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    Now following The Biscuit Girl @Gagnefoods on Twitter. Cute!

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    Tweet sent from @DownHomesj. Thanks for the opportunity :)

  • http://backroadjournal.wordpress.com Karen (Back Road Journal)

    A truly delectable sounding dessert…each and every component.

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    I subscribed and I looove popsicles in the summer heat!

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  • http://asolemate.wordpress.com Stephany

    Head to the beach!

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    Drink Water!

  • http://www.bake-online.co.uk Jenny @ BAKE

    that was really sweet of the company! your shortcake looks delicious!

  • http://www.deecuisine.com Denise

    I beat the summer heat with gelato or gelato & cookie sandwiches

  • Claire

    I like to go swimming and eat popsicles. :D And extra cold lemonade!

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