Brandy Old Fashioned Jam

October 28, 2014
4 Ratings
  • Makes 4 cups
Author Notes

This jam makes a great homemade Christmas gift, not to mention it's a great way to get a Brandy Old Fashioned in with your breakfast judgement free. Cherry preserves with orange and a hint of brandy and Angostura bitters. Put that on your toast. —Sarah | Wisconsin from Scratch

What You'll Need
  • 8 cups pitted cherries (frozen cherries are your best bet around the holidays. I recommend using a mix of half sweet and half tart cherries)
  • 2/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 2 teaspoons Angostura bitters
  1. Place cherries, orange juice, and orange zest in a large pot over medium high heat. Cook until cherries are soft and releasing juice, about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Transfer jam to a blender, or use an immersion blender to blend most of the cherries into a smoother consistency. If desired, you can leave a few whole cherries in there for added texture. Return blended cherries to medium high heat.
  3. Add the sugars and stir to mix thoroughly. Bring to a boil and continue cooking over medium high heat, stirring often, until mixture thickens, about 25-30 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the brandy and bitters. Ladle jam into jars and seal tightly. Jam will keep in refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.
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Cheryl August 6, 2018
What is the water bath canning time? 10, 15 minutes? Also, what pectin was used?
Stephanie S. December 18, 2016
Don't you add some sort of pectin powder to this? Otherwise how does it turn into a jam that is spreadable?
Christopher G. November 5, 2018
It says in the recipe this is a refrigerated/ freezer jam