12 Sweets of Christmas-DIY

Come join us for the
12 Sweets of Christmas!


Each week, we will be spotlighting a different Holiday Feature
that will help make your Holidays Sweet!
Hosted by:

The Homesteading Hippy

Simply Living Simply

The Mind to Homestead

Five Little Homesteaders

Crafty Spices

Timber Creek Farms


This week we are doing DIY Handmade Gifts!

Link up your DIY Holiday Gifts and let’s get this season rolling!
christmas divider 12 Sweets of Christmas DIY

Drunken Cherries

I was totally sold when I saw a few months ago a recipe for Vodka Cherries.  Cherries just happened to be in full blown season in my area so I decided this was a must do DIY for me.  Your suppose to let these little beauties bob and soak away in the Vodka for a few months before using so…what a perfect Christmas gift these are!  Add a recipe or two and your done!


cherries 1 300x224 12 Sweets of Christmas DIY

Fresh in-season Cherries



  • Cherries
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 split Vanilla Bean OR Homemade Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Cup Vodka (or as much as needed to cover cherries)


cherries 2 224x300 12 Sweets of Christmas DIY

The essentials, Cherries, Jars and Vodka

  1. Wash and dry cherries, remove the stems, I do not remove the pits. Wash your jars and their lids. Place into a just-warm oven to dry and sterilize.
  2. Combine 1 Cup sugar and 1 Cup water in a small saucepan. Stir over low heat, without boiling, until sugar has dissolved, then bring to the boil. Add cherries, vanilla bean and cinnamon stick and return to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes. 


cherries 3 300x224 12 Sweets of Christmas DIY

Cherries ready to be processed.

    3. Spoon cherries into jars, and cover with liquid And Vodka. Seal tightly with a lid. Allow to sit in a dark area for as long as you can resist.  The longer, the stronger.


cherries 4 224x300 12 Sweets of Christmas DIY

Cherries being packed in the liquid.

Tips for Use:  These cherries are delicious served with ice-cream, and a little of the syrup can be added to champagne for a cocktail, use to garnish drinks, use the cherries in muffins or baked goods, eat one by one…be careful, these little beauties pack a serious punch!


cherries 5 224x300 12 Sweets of Christmas DIY

Have yourself a Merry little Cherry Bomb!


christmas divider 12 Sweets of Christmas DIY



Ornamental Rule Lines in Different Design 2 150x44 12 Sweets of Christmas DIY

This article is hopping around the following Blog Hops:

Homestead Barn HopWildcrafting WednesdayFrom the Farm Fridays, Simple Saturdays Blog Hop, Simple Life Sunday Blog Hop.


This article may be contributed to third-party sites, but it is COPYRIGHTED, and it may not be USED in any form or shared without my written permission.  If you are interested in this article or any of Simply Living Simply articles, please contact Kat Yorba; Author and owner of Simply Living Simply directly for republishing information.


Many of my blog posts contain affiliate links. Purchasing through an affiliate link does NOT increase the price you pay but allows me to keep blogging and sharing what I learn with you. It's a bit like leaving a tip for a service and I very much appreciate it!

Medical Disclaimer:

Nothing in this post is to be construed as medical advice, simply a sharing of things that have worked for me & my family. If you have any symptoms of serious illness, taking medication, pregnant or nursing, or have never worked with herbal materials or essential oils before, please consider consulting a medical professional before use. I am unable to offer advise for your particular medical situation; please ask your Doctor, Nurse Practitioner or Naturopath for further guidance.  The statements made here have not been approved by the Food & Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act.

Ornamental Rule Lines in Different Design 2 150x44 12 Sweets of Christmas DIY

About Kat Y (Simply Living Simply)

I am a "red-neck country wife" to one wonderfully amazing man, mother to many outrageous children, daughter of the ONE Glorious God. Learning to be more self-reliant & self-sufficient in a semi-homemade, homesteading way!
Connect with Kat here:    


  1. These sound delicious and very simple to make. I will definitely be making these very soon.
    Thanks Kat, have a lovely rest of the week.

  2. Sue Casavant says:

    What size canning jars do you use? Is it 1 cup of vodka in each jar plus the syrup? Thanks – they look delish!

    • Hi Sue,
      Thank you for the comment. I must have missed indicating the size of jar I used. I used a quart jar. Filled the jar with cherries 3/4 full and then topped with Vodka. And they are delish!! Months later, popped a few of those gems out and …wowzers!! :-)


I love to hear your thoughts, please share....