True Cherries Jubilee

true cherries jubilee with vanilla ice cream in a plate

Dress up that vanilla ice cream with this sinfully sweet topping!


2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 pound fresh cherries, pitted (or frozen pitted cherries, thawed)
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon bourbon or brandy
2 or 3 packets of True Lemon
Vanilla ice cream

  1. Melt butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
  2. Add cherries and salt to the pan; stir to coat. Cook cherries, stirring occasionally, until juices are released and begin to reduce slightly, about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove pan from heat and stir in bourbon. Return pan to heat and simmer until juices thicken, about 5 minutes.
  4. Season to taste with True Lemon, then let cool slightly.
  5. Serve warm, over ice cream.

If using frozen cherries, do not drain them after thawing. The juice will only add to this tasty treat!

Adapted from Bon Appetit.