Destination Sturgeon Bay Recipes

Door County Cherry Bounce

It’s definitely cherry time in Sturgeon Bay, Door County and there’s nothing like remembering these lazy days of summer in the middle of winter.

Cherry Bounce is an easy, homemade cherry liqueur that is long steeped in Door County tradition. While this recipe can be ready to use within a few weeks, it’s really good after about 3 months of aging—just in time for holiday gift giving!

A few thoughts:

  • Cherry Bounce is great as a sipping liqueur but is also amazing poured over ice cream.
  • We recommend that you pit the cherries prior to the infusing process.
  • Remember, this recipe is intended for those 21+.

Printable Recipe


4 cups tart cherries, pitted
1 quart liquor, pick your favorite, but we recommend brandy, vodka, or bourbon
1 cup sugar
½ cup water

In a one-gallon glass jar, mix cherries with liquor. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and water; heating until sugar dissolves. Add to cherry mixture and stir well.

Cover and store at room temperature in a dark, cool place until ready to use (3 months ages this recipe beautifully!)

Small, individual jars can be used for gift giving as well. Our family friends recently used mini Kerr jars as reception gifts as their wedding, and they were adorable, as you can see in the picture above! Check out the picture below for a fun shot of the creative process. 

Over time, the flavors blend together to make a not-overly-sweet-not-overly-boozy tasting liqueur.

Serve on the rocks as a holiday drink or over vanilla ice cream as a dessert.

Recipe compliments of Door County Cherry Recipes from the Market ~ Barbara Wulf