Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream – Homemade Ice Cream

Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream

Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream is helping us cool off today in these sweltering temperatures. Let me tell ya, I adore my ice cream maker. When we need ice cream, (yes, need), we have some in 30 minutes. No going out. And in our house, it doesn't have to be hot outside, because we love ice cream all year round.

Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream
Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream

And the best part is, we know exactly what's in it. Which isn't much.  For the most part,  just cream, sugar and fruit or maybe some vanilla or cocoa. Because really, those are all you need for delicious cool treats. But, you would never know it when you read the ingredient labels on so many store bought brands.

Here's the list of ingredients on a premium brand of “frozen dairy dessert” :  milk, sugar, corn syrup, cream, whey, mono and diglycerides, carob bean gum, guar gum, carrageenan, natural flavor, annatto (for color), vitamin A palmitate, tara gum. Check out this NYT article: Ice Cream's Identity Crisis, for an eye opener, and a laugh, too. The milk and sugar, yes. But there's more corn syrup in there than cream!  And all the rest of those ingredients? Get outta my ice cream. I don't want me or my family to eat any of that stuff.

Buying an ice cream machine was a good investment, too. It's paid for itself many times over, because, have you seen the price of store bought “frozen desserts”?  Do you have an ice cream machine? If you do, I would love to hear how it works for you.

You can make this Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream easily without a machine, too. However, you will just have to wait a whole lot longer to enjoy it while your freezer does it's job. Just make the recipe and pour into a freezer safe container. Put it into the freezer, and every couple of hours, go give it a good stir. Eventually, you'll get your ice cream. But it's ok, the wait is worthwhile.

Fresh local cherries have started to make their appearance, and I couldn't wait to get some. They are super sweet and delicious just to snack on, and also in this ice cream. Amaretto, being an almond liqueur, is perfect, since almonds and cherries are a perfect flavour match for each other.

Lastly, if you're like me, and you love frozen dessert treats, you want to check out: Mango Coconut Ice Cream, (a non dairy option), or Pistachio Mint Frozen Yogurt.

Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream
Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream

Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream – Homemade Ice Cream

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 10 servings

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Calories per serving: 210

Fat per serving: 9.5g

Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream – Homemade Ice Cream

Homemade Ice Cream is easy, and you get to control what goes in it. Cherries and Amaretto are a match made in heaven in this creamy cool treat.


  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup Amaretto, or any almond liqueur
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups fresh, ripe cherries, sliced


  1. In a mixing bow,l combine milk, cream, sugar, vanilla extract, and Amaretto.
  2. With a hand blender on low setting, blend until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes.
  3. Pour the cream mixture into the bowl of an ice cream machine.
  4. Run machine for 25 minutes.
  5. Turn machine off, and add cherries and their juice.
  6. Run machine for a further 5 minutes, until cherries are combined and ice cream is slightly pink.
  7. Serve immediately for a soft serve ice cream, or put into a freezer safe container with a lid and freeze.


"cook time" here refers to the time spent in the ice cream machine.

Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream
Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream

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8 thoughts on “Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream – Homemade Ice Cream

  1. Love it! I have yet to buy an ice cream machine, but it’s on my list! I still make my own ice cream (just like you, to know what goes into it), but it takes longer than 30 minutes unfortunately. This one sounds incredible with cherries and liquor! Yum! What a great treat on a hot summer day

  2. Yum … my icecream is still stitting in the freezer waiting for me to test drive it! This ice cream looks incredible!

  3. It’s pretty sad to see what goes into some ice cream products. You’re right, homemade is so much better because you know exactly what goes into it. And it tastes better! Your cherry amaretto ice cream looks delish!

  4. I’m with you on the ice cream maker, and on the unnecessary complexity in store-bought stuff. Seriously, it’s so good and so easy to make your own ice cream at home, and ice cream makers are pretty affordable. Space consuming… but once you try that first homemade batch… heck yes. As for this specific recipe – I LOVE these flavours. Cherry and amaretto are so awesome together!

    1. Hey Sean, I know, when you consider how expensive store bought ice cream is, buying a machine is worth it in the long run. Thanks for coming by!

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