Cherry Bounce Gelato, inspired by Outlander book A Breath of Snow and Ashes

Cherry Bounce Gelato

A number of lasses from the Cherry Bounce Club have been asking me about what to do with the cherries once they've strained them from the hooch. Ideas immediately popped into my head, from Cherry Icebox Cookies, to Chocolate Covered Cherry Bon-Bons (aren't Jane's spectacular?!), to Cherry Ice Cream and beyond.

I'm sorry it's taken me over a year to get to this post, but it's seasonally appropriate just now, and besides - those cherries are so full of whisky/vodka/brandy that they keep very well, and pretty much indefinitely, in the freezer.

In the end, I settled on cherry ice cream.  More specifically, I chose an eggless Sicilian-type gelato that I've made before and come to love. It's lighter tasting than other homemade ice cream recipes, most of which are made with anywhere from 4 to 8 yolks, as well as a few cups of whipping cream, but still so creamy and delicious you'll find yourself scooping another wee bowl.

frozen-cherries Cherry Bounce Gelato


I know that many of you were thinking ahead when you put together this year's batch, and pitted the cherries before you poured the hooch over top.  I did not, but it only took me a few minutes to get the pits out of my semi-frozen fruit (again, because of all that booze, they don't freeze solid).

Of course, if you used peaches, mangos or another type of fruit for your Bounce, they will also make  a most delicious boozy-fruit ice cream...or perhaps another treat that catches your fancy?


Cherry Bounce Gelato

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16 Dec 2013 - 4:04pm

April Steele

Yup--I did pit my cherries in anticipation of using them over ice cream--but perhaps I will just use them in your recipe instead--definitely like the idea of chocolate cherry gelato! One of my favorite flavor combinations. YUM.nnI have whipping cream on hand and milk...but no half and half--wondering whether I could make it with that? Have a pint of whipping cream and plenty of milk to hand. Have all other ingredients--it's too icy for me to contemplate a drive to the store. I have an ice cream ball that I've never used... may have to find instructions online for that.


April, half and half is simply an equal mix of whipping cream and whole milk, so you've got everything you need! Great question.

16 Dec 2013 - 4:55pm


It's like you read my mind. My sister and I were just discussing what to do with our cherries. Thanks Theresa for this excellent idea. Can't wait until Hogmany...Happy Holidays to you and yours!

16 Dec 2013 - 5:12pm

Laurie P.

I WAS wondering if I'd have eat all those cherries... that would be a bad thing! This is a great idea! Think I'll also like to try the chocolate covered cherry bonbons, but the link doesn't work.... Will let you know how much everyone loves the gelato after Christmas! nMerry Christmas & love to you Theresa!


Thanks for the heads up on the bad link,'s all fixed and Jane's treats are visible! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

16 Dec 2013 - 6:05pm


Haha I just took my ice cream insert out of the freezer this morning, a bit concerned about the tightness of my cords. But after reading this I am going to put it back so I can make this recipe. I have to strain the Cherry Bounce but that should not take to long.


You could have gelato by morning, ML! :)

01 Jan 2014 - 1:01am

Mary Lou Maxwell

Say I cannot find where to upload my Cherry bounce pictures. Mary Lou

09 Jul 2014 - 12:00pm

Starz Outland…

you kept those cherries in the freezer after the straining, you can always make yourself a batch of CB Gelato for the next mornings hair of the

03 Dec 2015 - 3:14am


Great timing! We tried my Cherry Bounce at Thanksgiving 2015 and it was a hit! I am sipping some as I type. I made mine on May 24, 2015 with 1 pound dark fresh red cherries pitted, 1 lemon juiced with zest, 1/2 cup raw sugar and 1 quart of rum. Ready to try something with the cherries. Thank you for the Cherry Bounce challenge, I will make a bigger patch next year :)

13 Jul 2015 - 6:20am

mardi priest

Great, was hoping for an idea for what to do with the cherries, as I just couldn't throw them out... So will be delving into the freezer soon ..

03 Dec 2015 - 8:48am

mardi priest

Have been buying Half n Half sourced from a boutique dairy, (so decadent on cereal !!) so now have no excuse not to try this ice cream..! :-)

05 Dec 2015 - 7:19pm

Patricia Crisp

Wondering...I have some frozen cherries (non-bounced!). What do I need to add or do to make the gelato with these?

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