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Bourbon Cherry Caramel Ice Cream – American Heritage Cooking

This Bourbon Cherry Caramel Ice Cream is a smooth, rich caramel ice cream with a homemade cherry jam swirl and Bourbon soaked cherries! The ice cream tastes like Werther’s Caramel candies and is creamy perfection! 

Two ice cream posts in one week!? Lindsey, show some restraint!

Can’t stop. Won’t stop!

But to be fair, ice cream is life, so really this post is essential.

I’m just doing my civic duty. Not all heroes wear capes, people. Some come with bourbon soaked cherries in caramel ice cream.

Full disclosure: This ice cream tastes like I melted down Werther’s Original candies and created the creamiest, smoothest ice cream out of them. I live here now.

Last year was my first year as a pastry chef in NYC and I felt like cherry season was over in the blink of an eye. So many regrets.

Lesson learned.

This year I vowed not to let it slip away. It’s like a personal challenge. Bring on ALL THE CHERRIES!

The fresh berries take this caramel ice cream to the next level. And, while we’re at it, you could always make extra cherry jam to stash some away for when you’re missing them! No regrets will be tolerated here!

I don’t know why but cherries and caramel cry out for Bourbon. They just do.

They asked, I just acquiesced and put all three together in the most decadent caramel ice cream you could possibly imagine. It is smooth and rich but not too sweet!

You are going to Luuuurve this Bourbon Cherry Caramel Ice Cream!! Like sneak into the kitchen after midnight for just one more bite kind of love 😉

I took the caramel to a very dark amber, right on the cusp of being ruined, so that the resulting ice cream wouldn’t be too sweet. You could play it safe with a lighter caramel but I say, walk on the wild side! Live dangerously [Plus the worst thing that could happen is that you have to start your caramel again]

Then there are the little bits of bourbon soaked cherries and the river of sweet cherry jam!
The Bourbon also keeps the cherries from getting icy in the freezer which is obviously necessary

You could be super extra and put whiskey in the caramel ice cream too. I will never keep you from living your best life… pour it up!

Yield: 1 Quart

This Bourbon Cherry Caramel Ice Cream is a smooth, rich caramel ice cream with a homemade cherry jam swirl and Bourbon soaked cherries!

For the Ice Cream:
For the Drunken Cherries:
For the Cherry Jam Swirl:
Make the Ice Cream
Make The Drunken Cherries:
Make the Cherry Jam:

Notes:

If you buy 2 pounds of cherries, you’ll have enough for the total recipe and a few snacks along the way!

If you are shy about the amount of salt, then whisk it in to taste before cooling.

ALL THE CHERRIES!