Griottines (Morello Cherries in Liqueur)

French company Griottines uses a proprietary blend of brandy and kirsch—a clear liqueur distilled from whole cherries—to make these intensely flavored yet balanced cocktail cherries. They have a wonderful warm flavor and almond-like aroma that complements and rounds out the tartness of the fruit; cherries and almonds actually come from the same botanical family, and the cherry pits used to make kirsch impart a complex almond flavor that adds depth to Griottines. Unlike other cocktail cherries that taste only of sugar, these cherries retain a vibrant fruitiness—no doubt in part because the company macerates its cherries within six hours of when they are hand-picked off the branch. And because the cherries are sorted and selected by hand, you can be sure of a high-quality product, with whole, intact fruits that are perfect for garnishing your favorite cocktail or dessert.

Griottines are an ideal topping for ice cream, especially flavors involving warming spices like cinnamon and ginger or rich caramel and dulce de leche. Or, as with the orange slices in syrup, you can chop and fold Griottines into an ice cream base, or mix into waffle or pancake batter for an adult Sunday brunch—save the syrup as a topping for French toast. We also like to add a tablespoon or two of the syrup to our Tangy Maple Whipped Cream as a rich complement to the maple syrup and vanilla extract in this recipe. Griottines are also delicious on chocolate pudding or pots de crème, emphasizing cocoa's deep sweetness and adding a bold, slightly tart counterpoint to the creamy dessert.
  • Net Volume: 16.9 fluid ounces
  • Ingredients: Morello cherries, sugar, 10% kirsch, 5% other alcohol
  • Place of Origin: France