Call me old-fashioned, but I still serve cherries jubilee at dinner parties. So it seemed a natural to turn this delicious desert into a party drink. It’s best made with fresh sweet cherries, but frozen will do in a pinch.

  • 12 large, sweet cherries, pitted
  • 1 cup ice
  • ½ cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1 ounce brandy
  • 1 ½ ounces cherry liqueur (such as Heering)

Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Cover and pulse on and off until the mixture starts to swirl evenly. Blend on high for 20 seconds, or until the drink is completely smooth.

CHERRY PIE JUBILATION Add 3 crumbled graham crackers before blending.
CHOCOLATE CHERRIES JUBILATION Omit the vanilla ice cream. Add ½ cup chocolate ice cream before blending.
GRAND CHERRIES JUBILATION Omit the brandy. Add 1 ounce Grand Marnier before blending.
NUTTY CHERRY JUBILATION Add ½ ounce almond liqueur (such as crème de noya or amaretto) before blending.
SPICED CHERRIES JUBILATION Add ½ ounce ginger liqueur (such as the Original Canton) before blending.

Zero-Proof Variation
CHERRY JUBILEE SMOOTHIE Omit the brandy and cherry liqueur. Add 2 ounces cherry syrup and ½ teaspoon artificial rum flavor (optional) before