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Cherries Jubilee with Vanilla Ice Cream

Impress your guests with warm Cherries Jubilee served over vanilla ice cream! Flambeing rum caramelizes the sugars and deepens the flavors of the cherries.

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cherry
Servings: 4
Calories: 308kcal
Author: Clean Fingers Laynie


  • 1 lb Cherries Fresh or Frozen
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 medium Lemon*
  • 1/3 cup Rum or Brandy**
  • 1 pint Vanilla Ice Cream


  • Portion 1/2 cup of ice cream into 4 serving bowls, and freeze until ready to serve.
  • If using fresh cherries, wash and pit the cherries.
  • Wash the outside of the lemon with water. Finely zest the lemon with a zester or on the smallest holes of a grater.

  • Combine cherries, sugar, lemon zest, and the juice from half a lemon in a small frying pan, and heat on the stove, over medium heat, until sugar dissolves and the cherries start to soften and release their juices (about 5-7 minutes for fresh cherries, and about 8-10 minutes for frozen cherries).

  • Remove the pan from the heat and add the rum. Ignite the rum with a long lighter or a match held with tongs. Gently swirl the pan until the flames subside (about 30 seconds).
  • Serve the cherries and their juices over the prepared ice cream, and enjoy!


Estimated Nutrition (per serving, cherries only): Calories 141, Fat g, Carbohydrate 35 g, Dietary Fiber g, Protein 1 g, Sodium 0 mg
Estimated Nutrition (per serving, with 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream): Calories 308, Fat g, Carbohydrate 52 g, Dietary Fiber g, Protein 3 g, Sodium 40 mg
*The zest and juice of an orange can be substituted for the lemon.
**To make this non-alcoholic, substitute apple juice. The mixture will not flame, but it will still be delicious!
–Recipe adapted from Food Network.