Cherries Jubilee Recipe

Cherries Jubilee is an interesting and comforting dish that you’ll want to try. Making it might sound intimidating, as it requires flambéing. But it’s actually really easy and safe to do as long as you do it properly. Aside from looking impressive, flambéing actually helps the cherry jubilee taste better by caramelizing the sugar in it. It is meant to be eaten while the dark sweet cherries are flaming, scooping it along with the cool and sweet vanilla ice cream that creates a sweet spray of flavor.

What is Cherries Jubilee?

Cherries Jubilee is one of the easiest desserts you can make and one that you will surely remember. It is a simple dessert first created in the 1800s that is composed of dark sweet cherries thickened cherry sauce with liqueur and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

You can serve it on the table and light it right there for a show. Watch in awe as the flame dies down adding more amazing flavor to the dessert. 

Tips for Making Cherries Jubilee

This dessert tastes just as amazing as the way it is served. At restaurants, they serve this dessert unfinished. When the dessert reaches the customer’s table, it’s time for the server to set this flashy dessert on fire. Now, here are some handy tips that you can keep in mind in making our cherries jubilee recipe:

  • To flambé or not to flambé? Flambéing the cherries deepens the flavors and gives this dessert its distinctive caramelized flavor. It’s easy enough to do it with caution, but you can also opt-out of doing this. It will still turn out amazing.
  • Pit your cherries to bring out the best flavors and make them easier to chew. It’s easy enough to do with a pitter. In case you don’t have one, you can use a straw to push the seeds out. 
  • Choose your favorite dark liqueur. Our best suggestions for choices are your favorite brandy, amaretto, or rum. Identify which one you are more into to achieve the desired outcome.
  • If you want to serve this dessert without liquor, swap the liqueur for apple juice. But remember, that if you remove the liquor, you won’t be able to flambé the cherries anymore. But rest assured, the flavor will still stay as delicious.
Tip: Use the leftover cherries to make a sweet cherry pie. You’ll be scooping up a delectable dessert topped with luscious vanilla ice cream in no time.
Cherries Jubilee Recipe

How To Make Cherries Jubilee

Put on a show by serving cherries jubilee. Enjoy the ensembled dark fresh cherries with thickened sweet cherry sauce topped with a scoop of luscious vanilla ice cream. Flambéd before serving to add a distinctive caramelized sugar taste.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins


  • 30 oz dark sweet cherries, (2 cans), drained liquid reserved
  • 1 qt vanilla ice cream
  • 2 tbsp liqueur, orange-flavored
  • 2 tbsp brandy
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch


  1. Place drained cherries in a saucepan over low heat.
  2. Mix the cornstarch in the cherry liquid and stir until dissolved.
  3. Pour liquid in with cherries and heat until thickened.
  4. Pour the orange liqueur in with the cherries and stir.
  5. Just before serving, pour brandy over cherries and light with a match.
  6. Allow blue flame to burn off and immediately spoon cherry mixture over vanilla ice cream.
  7. Serve and enjoy.


  • Sugar: 80g
  • :
  • Calcium: 330mg
  • Calories: 692kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 99g
  • Cholesterol: 104mg
  • Fat: 26g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 943mg
  • Protein: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 16g
  • Sodium: 191mg
  • Vitamin A: 1132IU
  • Vitamin C: 16mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Commonly Asked Questions

Can you freeze cherries jubilee?

You can store them inside an airtight container inside the fridge for 4 to 10 days or freeze them inside a freezer-safe bag for up to 6 months. You can reheat it in a pan, stirring frequently, or enjoy it cold if you prefer.

Are frozen cherries as good as fresh?

For this cherries jubilee, we recommend that you thaw them before using them to make this recipe. Thaw them under running water or just let them sit in the fridge. But if it’s really frozen and you need them fast, transfer them in a microwave-safe container and set it to defrost for at least 30 seconds.

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Making this elegant cherries jubilee recipe for special dinners will surely impress any of your guests. Especially with how the exquisitely flaming cherries jubilee looks when it is served. It’s not only a feast for the eyes but for our taste buds as well.
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