What Can You Make With Sour Cherries?

A basket of sour cherries.

When it comes to cherries, there aren’t many options to choose from. The aisles aren’t as long as the profit margins in frozen pizza or cereal. Despite the fact that there are over 1,000 kinds of cherries, you’ll either get sweet or sour cherries depending on where and when you shop.

The majority of supermarket cherries are sweet cherries, which you’ll grab, take to the beach, and eat while spitting out the pits and burying them with your feet. What about sour cherries?

Sour cherries are also known as tart cherries, and they are less sugary than sweet calories. Moreover, their high acidity provides a vivid flavor. There are a lot of recipes to try with sour recipes. Below, we have shared a few.

1. Cherry Gin Rickey

Before the summer is out, try this delicious cocktail. It’s light and refreshing, with a tart cherry flavor from the syrup. If you want, leave out the gin for a non-alcoholic, kid-friendly beverage. Are you expecting a large crowd? Making this drink en masse is super easy.


  • Pitted sour cherries: 1 cup
  • Water:1/2 cup
  • Granulated sugar: 1/2 cup
  • Kosher salt: 1/8 teaspoon
  • Fresh lime juice: 1/2 cup
  • Gin: 4 ounces
  • Lemon-lime soft drink like 7up: 1/2 cup
  • Lime slices for garnish


  • In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring cherries, sugar, water, and salt to a boil. Cook, stirring periodically, for 6 to 8 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Allow 1 hour to cool completely. Pour the mixture into a basin through a fine wire-mesh strainer, discarding the particles.
  • In a small pitcher, combine cherry syrup, lime juice, soft drink, and gin. Pour into four glasses filled with crushed ice, in an equal layer. Serve with lime slices as a garnish.

2. Pickle of Sour Cherries

Keep vibrant sour cherries on hand to add a pop of color to a cheese board or a sandwich. The fruit becomes highly versatile once it has been pickled. The brine can be used on any fruit or vegetable, and don’t forget about the shallots—they’re delicious on salads.


  • Water: 1 cup
  • Red wine vinegar: 1/3 cup
  • Sour cherries with stems: 2 cups
  • Black peppercorns: 2 teaspoons
  • Mustard seeds: 2 teaspoons
  • Kosher salt: 2 tablespoons
  • Granulated sugar: 1/2 cup
  • Sliced shallot: 1


  • In a medium saucepan, bring the water, vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard seeds, and peppercorns to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes, or until sugar dissolves.
  • In a medium heatproof bowl or pint-sized jar, combine cherries and shallot. Over the cherries and shallots, pour the pickling liquid. Cover and refrigerate for 1 day. Serve with cheese and charcuterie, as well as drinks.

3. Sour Cherry Vinaigrette

This silky vinaigrette will help you break free from a salad rut. It tastes great blended with leafy greens like spinach, and it’s also good with white fish or grilled chicken.


  • Honey: 1 tablespoon
  • Black pepper: 1/4 teaspoon
  • Kosher salt: 3/4 teaspoon
  • Olive oil: 1/4 cup
  • Dijon mustard: 1/2 teaspoons
  • White wine vinegar or champagne: 1 ½ tablespoons
  • Pitted, coarsely chopped sour cherries: 1/4 cup


  • In a small bowl, combine the cherries, vinegar, honey, and mustard. Drizzle in the oil while constantly mixing it in. Add salt and pepper.
  • Serve on a lettuce salad with avocado, bacon, and feta cheese (or whatever salad you like).

4. Cherry Bourbon Chicken Wings

You’ll make these tasty chicken wings regularly before, throughout, and after football season. The sour and sweet Bourbon sauce aids in the crisping of the wings on the grill, and they go nicely with classic barbecue sides like slaw and potato salad.


  • Chicken wings: 2 pounds
  • Dry mustard: 3/4 teaspoon
  • Light brown sugar: 2 tablespoons
  • Divided kosher salt: 1 ½ teaspoons
  • Olive oil: 1/4 cup
  • Chopped shallot: 1
  • Apple cider vinegar: 1/4 cup
  • Ketchup: 1/4 cup
  • Pitted sour cherries: 1/2 cup
  • Bourbon: 3 tablespoons
  • Chopped cloves garlic: 2


  • In a small saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium heat. Cook, turning occasionally, until shallot and garlic are soft. This will take about 2 minutes. Add the bourbon and cook, swirling and scraping the bottom of the pan to release any browned bits.
  • Cherries, ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, and salt are combined in a mixing bowl. Bring to a low simmer and cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Remove from heat and set aside for 10 minutes to cool. Transfer the contents to a blender and blend for about 15 seconds, or until smooth.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat (about 450°F). Toss in the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and 3/4 teaspoon salt with the chicken wings. Grill, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes, turning periodically, until cooked through. Brush wings equally with sauce and continue to cook, flipping once, for another 4 minutes or until caramelized.

5. Caramelized Onion and Cherry Tartine

You should know that cherries aren’t simply for dessert. Their sharpness wonderfully balances the richness of the caramelized onions and melty cheese in this delicious tartine. If you’re craving grilled cheese, go all out and sandwich the two slices together—it’ll work!


  • Fresh thyme leaves: 1/4 teaspoon
  • Shredded white cheddar cheese: 1/2 cup
  • Chopped, pitted sour cherries: 1/2 cup
  • Sourdough bread: 2 slices
  • Softened, unsalted butter: 1 tablespoon
  • Kosher salt: 1/4 teaspoon
  • Light brown sugar: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sliced small yellow onion: 1 ½ cups
  • Canola oil: 1 tablespoon


  • Preheat the oven to 475°F. In a medium skillet, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the onion, brown sugar, and salt; simmer, stirring periodically, for 18 to 20 minutes, or until onions are tender and golden brown.
  • Butter one side of each slice of bread evenly. Place on a baking sheet, butter side up, and bake for 5 minutes, or until gently browned. Evenly spread cherries, caramelized onions, and cheese on the bread. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes at 475°F until cheese is melted and gently browned. Now sprinkle Thyme uniformly.

Final Thoughts

What can you make with sour cherries? A lot! All these recipes will allow you to make good use of sour cherries. So try them and enjoy your delicious treats.

Read more here: Are Frozen Cherries Good to Eat? | Origins of Cherries – Where are they from? | When is the cherry season? | Growing Cherries – How much water do they need? | Growing Cherries – How much sunlight do they need? | Growing Cherries – How long does it take?

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