Cherries Jubilee with Vanilla Ice Cream. Liqueur-soaked cherries flambéed with rum and served over ice cream. Easy to make and sure to impress! Gluten-free. -

Cherries Jubilee Recipe with Vanilla Ice Cream

Cherries Jubilee is a classic flambeed dessert making a wonderful boozy cherry sauce to top vanilla ice cream or other desserts. The cherries soak in liqueur for an hour then are turned into a sweet sauce and flambeed in the process. It's a sight to behold and makes any meal extra special.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cherries jubilee, flambeed cherries
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 538 kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 1 pound fresh Sweet Cherries , destemmed and pitted (frozen, thawed sweet cherries may be substituted)
  • ¼ cup Kirshwasser (cherry liqueur)
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • ½ cup Brandy
  • 1 pint Vanilla Ice Cream


  1. Combine the pitted cherries and Kirsch in a sealed container and allow to sit for an hour, turning the container periodically to douse the cherries.
  2. Add the contents to a large, heavy skillet. Sprinkle on the sugar and lemon juice and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Allow to cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Carefully pour the brandy into the skillet and light the liquid toward the outside of the pan (by an edge) with a fireplace match or utility lighter
  4. (something long). The skillet will flambé however the fire may be almost invisible. Allow the fire to burn out; 2-3 minutes.
  5. Scoop ice vanilla ice cream into 4 bowls and top with the cherries jubilee. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Adatped from The Joy of Cooking.

Nutrition Facts
Cherries Jubilee Recipe with Vanilla Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 538 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 95mg4%
Potassium 487mg14%
Carbohydrates 77g26%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 70g78%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 570IU11%
Vitamin C 11.6mg14%
Calcium 166mg17%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.