Rum Soaked Cherries

Our Rum Soaked Cherries combine the sweet flavor of maraschino cherries, tropical Malibu Rum, and white chocolate melting wafers to create a festive Fourth of July treat perfect for a little grownup fun in the sun.

rum soaked cherries on a plate.

We love hosting parties, and we always make sure both the kids and the adults have fun treats to enjoy. These rum soaked cherries are always on our Fourth of July menu because they’re sweet, tropical, and patriotic, and they’re the perfect treat for the adults to enjoy in moderation.

rum soaked cherries on a plate.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s a quick and easy recipe that only takes a few minutes.
  • It’s super simple, and the cherries are so festive.
  • The sweet maraschino cherries and tropical coconut flavor of the rum make the perfect pairing.


sprinkles, cherries, melting canady, and malibu rum on a counter.

You’ll only need four ingredients to make this recipe, and you can find them all at your local grocery store.

All the ingredients are listed here, but you can find their exact amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Large jars of Maraschino cherries with stems
  • Ghirardelli White Chocolate Melting Wafers
  • malibu Rum
  • Bright blue decorating sugars

🔪 How to Make Rum Soaked Cherries

Making these boozy little bites couldn’t be easier. It only takes a few minutes and a few simple steps, and you’ll be all done. The entire thing takes about 45 minutes from start to finish, and 30 minutes of that is letting them set.

cherries being dried on a paper towel.

Step 1: Prep

Remove the cherries from the jars with small tongs and place them on paper towels to absorb excess liquid. Place the blue sugars in a shallow dish, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2: Melt the Chocolate

Melt the white chocolate waters in a large microwaveable bowl at 20-second intervals until melted. Stir in the Malibu Rum.

cherry being dipped into blue sprinkles.

Step 3: Dip the Cherries

Dip each cherry in the white chocolate and then in the blue sugar and place it on the parchment paper-line baking sheet. Repeat until all the cherries are dipped and coated.

Step 4: Set

Let the cherries sit for about 30 minutes so the chocolate can set. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • You can use white almond bark in place of melting wafers.
  • Use your favorite rum for this recipe. They all work.
  • Bourbon works well in place of rum.

If you enjoy alcoholic fruity treats, then try this mixed berry cocktail.

🥄 Equipment

  • Small tongs
  • Shallow dish
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Microwaveable bowl

🥫 Storage

Refrigerate these rum soaked cherries for up to four days in an air-tight container.

Serve With

Serve these sweet, rum soaked bites with your favorite summer barbecue and cookout foods. They make a great, sweet kick on any plate. You can also pair them with your other favorite sweets as part of a larger dessert spread. Just keep them away from the kids!

rum soaked cherries on a plate.

💭 Tips

  • Microwave your chocolate for a maximum of 20 seconds at a time to prevent scorching.
  • The cherries should be dipped in the sugar immediately after the white chocolate so it coats and sticks.
  • Enjoy these rum soaked cherries responsibly. They don’t have much alcohol in them, but it all adds up.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What are rum soaked cherries?

Traditionally, rum soaked cherries are maraschino cherries soaked in rum for a period of time to infuse them with the flavor and alcohol of the rum. In this case, they’re maraschino cherries coated in rum-infused white chocolate.

Why didn’t my chocolate harden?

If your kitchen is on the warm side, it will make it hard for the chocolate to set. Try putting the cherries in the refrigerator.

Will rum soaked cherries get you drunk?

Technically, they can get you drunk, but you’d be more likely to get an upset stomach before you got drunk. There isn’t much alcohol in them.

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🧾Recipe Card

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rum soaked cherries on a plate.

Rum Soaked Cherries

These rum soaked cherries are a red, white, and blue boozy treat perfect for the Fourth of July. They're tropical, sweet, and so easy.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 60 Cherries
Calories: 40kcal


  • Tongs
  • large bowl
  • shallow dish
  • parchment paper
  • Cookie sheet


  • 32 ounces Maraschino Cherries – with Stems – 30 – 33 count
  • 10 ounces Ghirardelli White Chocolate Melting Wafers
  • ½ cup Malibu Rum
  • Bright Blue Decorating Sugars


  • Remove the Cherries from the Jars with small tongs, and place them on paper towels.
  • In a large bowl, add the White Chocolate melting wafers, and place in the Microwave to melt, stopping about every 15 to 20 seconds to stir the White Chocolate.
  • When it’s completely melted, remove it from the Microwave, and stir in the Malibu Rum.
  • Place the Blue Sugars in a shallow dish. Take a Cherry by the Stem, and dip it into the White Chocolate, and then dip it into the Blue Sugars. Continue until all the Cherries have been dipped.
  • Place the dipped Cherries on a Parchment paper lined Cookie Sheet to set.
  • When the Chocolate has begun to set, about 30 minutes, place the Cookie sheet in the refrigerator.
  • Keep refrigerated until time to serve.
  • Serve, and Enjoy!


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Cherry | Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 0.03g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 3mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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