The hardest part is pitting the cherries but only if you want to! Hi Rino, The quantity of sugar that you add is really up to your taste – I find most recipes too sweet so I reduce the amount of sugar but unlike with jams, where the sugar is required as a preservative, the alcohol will do that job instead. Regards, Regards, Thanks for your comments. Thanks for sharing this with us. I will have to go back out and pick some more cherries tomorrow as I stoned all the ones that I picked today. I used my leftover cherries to start a Rumtopf. I hope this answers your question. Hope this helps, Thanks for your comments. CB. I’m just not a fan of vodka, although I’m sure the cherries make it taste great. CB. Although the methods of preparing the fruits before cooking vary, the method of preserving is the same for each fruit. Just remember to remind your guests before they take a bite! I don’t refrigerate. Stopping by from The Homesteaders Hop, thanks for participating and come again this Sunday! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures. Oddly, the harsh is transferred to the cherries. Thanks so very much!! Your family and friends will appreciate your gifts. Booze! I’ll be featuring you this week on the Clever Chicks Blog Hop, so please come grab a featured button (I didn’t see the link-back to the party, but I’m sure it’s here somewhere). This year I am in the midst of knitting a blanket and trying out a new sweater pattern and won’t have time to go that route, so this will be a fun change! This looks lovely. CB, Thank you I’m making these for me and my friends and family thanx . Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Your email will NEVER be shared. We always wait until Christmas Eve to  open the first jar from the previous summer and share it amongst the adults at our table. Put cherries into fermenting bin or bucket, cover with 3 litres/6 pints hot water and leave for 2 days. Always look forward to your posts and hope you’ll be back tomorrow: http://wp.me/p2urYY-144, HI Jenny, I’ve preserved my cherries in vodka but if I’m honest, this recipe would work equally well with rum or even brandy. You will know that the cherries are ready when the vodka turns a deep dark red. Strain and reserve vodka. I’m putting this activity on my “to do list”. I shared on Facebook as I know I have followers who will LOVE this recipe. In a pan heat the water and dissolve the sugar, stirring to prevent scorching. I have a question. This is going on my must do list, thank you! You can even easily freeze big batches of cherries to add to smoothies, or to use in recipes later down the road. Hi Judith, Whatever alcohol you choose, you’re left with soft fruits that burst with booze when you bite into them. I have included both means for preserving this brandied cherry recipe. Lizzie, If you can't buy cherries fresh from a local farm, frozen will work just as well. Thanks for answering my question. Have you ever added spices? Hope to see you back. Then you simply add them to a jar along with the alcohol, sugar and spices. So Happy Ever since I moved to Wisconsin I have heard about these amazing cherries. Visiting from Creative Home Expressions Blog hop. Directions. Store in a cool dark place for 6 months before using, shaking the bottles from time to time. I also make my own vanilla extract. I didn’t realize something so lovely was so easily made! Put half the sugar and all the water specified in the recipe into a wide, shallow saucepan, adding any spices. I have just done a very similar thing with brandy. Glad to hear! In fact it tastes like  sweet cherry juice with a hint of vodka, minus the harsher alcohol taste of vodka “straight up”. You don’t even have to take the stems off. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Now, put it aside in your cantina or cold cellar and WAIT! Just make sure the cherries are TOTALLY submerged in the vodka and you’ll be fine. Serve alongside chocolate based desserts for a flavour sensation. Want to work with me? So are you hot water bathing these to seal? Store the cherries in a cool dark place for a minimum of 4 weeks and for a maximum of 6 months. It seems like you leave the pits in the cherries? Do they need to be refrigerated? Jul 30, 2013 - Ontario Bing cherries are now in at farmer’s markets. Or should I wait and purchase a different kind of cherry? Regards, We have a lot of cherries this year. You should pack the jar pretty tight with cherries so that they won’t float. Firmy pack as many cherries as you can into the jar without smashing up the fruit. Rum Soaked Preserved Cherries are exactly what they sound like. She’s used the technique to preserve raspberries in vodka, which she plans to churn into sorbet, and greengage plums in brandy, to bake into an upside-down gingerbread cake … Hi. I love the crispness of the cherries and the wonderful flavor the vodka takes ons. I ran out before this year’s cherries came in. CB. I’ve used the recipe often, and found that it adapts to many other fruits, such as strawberries, cherries, and surprising, also to rhubarb. Wash and dry the cherries; do not remove the stems. Not a fan of maraschino cherries? CB. The cherries will float so you will have to eyeball this, though shaking for 30 seconds usually works well enough. They are great to eat fresh and even better to jar for the winter in some vodka. HI Joe, The best cherry-infused vodka is made with real, in-season cherries. ChefJune July 23, 2012 I've had really good luck with cherries in brandy. CB, What a pretty color! One way is to add cherries to a jam jar, top with booze (vodka, brandy and whiskey are all fine choices – but a cherry liqueur like Luxardo is another fantastic option) and let it sit for a week or more. Thank you for sharing this at the HomeAcre Hop. All of these delicious fruit liqueurs are easily homemade in the same way as limoncello. Is it possible that some of your cherries were starting to spoil before you canned them and now they are starting to ferment? You got to give those babies at least 4 months to flavor the vodka. Note: there is no need to sterilize the jar because the vodka will act as a preservative for the cherries. Thanks for all your help, Marise, Hi Marise, Andrea, Hi Andrea, Does it make a difference? Hi Kat, Firmy pack as many cherries as you can into the jar without smashing up the fruit. Of course I will be making some. Now, put it aside in your cantina or cold cellar and WAIT! CB. Cheers, The sweetness of this cherry will infuse with the vodka and make a sweet syrup to accompany your vodka cherries. They are cherries soaked in a rum-heavy sweetened syrup. Hi Amanda, Could I use grapes instead of cherries? Serve 3-4cherries in a liqueur glass with a toothpick. Extra light is 1 1/4 Cups of Sugar to 5 1/2 Cups of Water. Thanks for the inspiration. Regards, You could, of course, use a heavier syrup if you so desire.You also don't have to pit, though the cherries might crack in the canning process. These cherries are a sweet treat for adults only! HI Farmmom, Should we eat them now OR through them away? I’m not sure because there aren’t all the cherries in the vodka. Kathy Shea Mormino Hi Joan, She also advised me to rotate the jars every month or so. In the United States, cherry picking season lasts from May until August, but they are at their peak in June. Very excited to try this at Christmas and give as gifts this year! Glad to hear I have helped in a new chapter. To make these spiced cherries in vodka couldn’t be easier. I also never give them to my friends who are in AA. Love for you to come by Wildcrafting Wednesday and share this post. Is it possible that your cherries were starting to spoil before you put them in the jar? In the end, you end up with some “drunken fruit” (good as a dessert topping) and a flavorful alcohol that can be used to make dazzling cocktails, punch, deserts or … Do I have to turn the jar upside-down from time to time? Be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can see! Pour over the vodka, seal the jars and shake well. Some examples would be: *fresh apricots, halved and covered with vodka *Apricots (halved) and cherries (with tiny bit of stem still on) covered in dark rum with cinnamon stick *raspberries with grappa in a small jar *peaches in light rum and triple sec . Place the jars into your oven for 10 minutes on a low temperature (160C/320F/gas mark 3) or until they are dry. A 20 something foodie that lives and works in London. We always enjoy homemade gifts and I usually knit or crochet something. CB. Regards, This looks like a wonderfully full flavored serving of fruit to ME! Nice additions. Makes a delicious plum “wine”. great idea for Christmas gift giving and story sharing. It looks like it will be a very MERRY Christmas for you and yours! I can’t wait to try it with cherries!! Followed you from the Homestead Barn Hop. When I found myself with a huge bag of fresh cherries my first instinct was to pickle them. CB, Hi Cara, I found some great pomegranates and the market. This sounds wonderful but I can’t get cherries this time of year. Macerating cherries is a perfect way to preserve this fleeting taste of summer. CB. It's just convenient for us to pit prior to canning. First, wash and remove the stems from your cherries. How To Make The Crunchiest Dill Pickles Ever! Ingredients. Cherry Liqueur Recipe (Ciliegia Cello) Combine 2 pounds washed, stemmed, pitted, and crushed cherries with 750 ml vodka in a half-gallon or larger pickling crock or glass jar. Serve when the chocolate has hardened. After a week the lids are starting to bulge, is this because of something I have done wrong? I use these to make Vodkakirshin – chocolate covered vodka soaked cherries. Regards, Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Learn how your comment data is processed. Your Manhattans will thank you. Required fields are marked *. 300g caster sugar; 150ml/5fl oz port; 150ml/5fl oz water; 1 tsp cinnamon; 1 vanilla pod split lengthways; 1 orange, zest and juice; 350g/12 oz cherries… Make maraschino cherries for a tasty treat or addition to cocktails. ( Log Out /  Any chance this works with Tequila too? Are you using expensive vodka or the cheap stuff? This seems simpler than the limoncello I did a few months ago http://halitrax.com/2013/04/29/la-la-la-limoncello/ Hope I can get some cherries to try it soon! I also hope you raise your first glass to your friend! City Boy Hens, Crescia – The Easter Bread from Le Marche. Sterilise your jars by washing them in hot, soapy water before rinsing them thoroughly. But my cherry haul was so large that I needed to come up with another way of preserving the luscious bounty before me. Hi Sheri, The Chicken Chick Regards, I don’t find that the “harshness” of the vodka is transferred to the cherries. Mini Baked Orange and Ginger Cheesecakes (vegan), Naked Christmas Cake with Glazed Nuts and Cherries, Cranberry & Amaretto, a Christmas Cocktail, Cranberry Aperol Spritz, a Christmas Cocktail, Spoon over desserts like vanilla ice cream or dark chocolate brownies, Add to pies or crumbles for a boozy pudding, Serve alongside a cheeseboard or charcuterie platter, Place in the centre of homemade chocolate truffles or simply dip in dark chocolate for an alcoholic treat, Use as a cherry infused spirit for cocktails or to add to a punch, Spoon over sponge cakes or lady fingers in a trifle, Add to jams and jellies to give them a boozy kick. Hi Momis, Christmas is about stories and you just started a new chapter for me. So if you are trying to preserve fruit, putting it in alcohol is not the way to go. Oh my, the things you can do with fruit and vodka! But it sounds like won't really work. Thanks! http://www.herbanmomma.com/2013/08/wildcrafting-wednesday-8-7-13/. http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com, Hi Kathy, I don’t like the texture or the presentation of the cherry if it is pitted. Regards, I did not add one bit of sugar and still turned out very well. Does the recipe stay the same?? Although this method is not practical for preserving large amounts of fruit, it makes a delicious treat that has many culinary uses or is great on its own. In years past I’ve shared some tips and recipes for cocktail cherries, but glancing at them again, I see they could use some serious updates and new variations. Port-preserved cherries. I’ve been making these flavored cherries for a few years and they are always a great companion to dessert on  special occasions. Love your blog! Pour over the vodka, seal the jars and shake well. I add a little sugar. Thanks for the compliment! Why You May Want To Consider Getting Sex-Link Chicks This Spring! I’d love to know what you create with your vodka soaked cherries. Never tried Tequila. CB. It will but the whiskey will dominate the flavor. Some of the best cherries to make infused vodka with are Rainier, Bing and Royal Ann’s (yellow-red). Divide the sugar, vanilla bean, and vodka between the bottles. Just be carfeull………it may be hard to stop wanting more and NO……This DOESN’T count towards a serving of fruit! They are great to eat fresh and even better to jar for the winter in some vodka. Seal up the jar. There are too many choices! Something I’ve always wanted to do. In a clean, sterilised jar add the blueberries and the cooled sugar syrup. My friends can’t wait for their Christmas gifts!!!!! I push and the lid gives a bit. I think I’ve found my next extract to make! CB. As always, Supper in the Suburbs encourages you to drink sensibly! Here I share recipes, reviews and other updates on my life. Add the whole vanilla pod and then pour over the vodka so all the fruit is completely covered. Alcohol to cover (high % - vodka, grappa, rum, triple sec, etc) Optional add-ins: cinnamon stick, vanilla bean or extract, cloves. When you have a plethora of cherries, there are plenty of ways to preserve them so you can enjoy them for months to come. Getting ready to try this. Place the cherries in two 20-ounce bottles or jars. Regards, 3. You can pit them, but you may find that the cherry becomes a bit “mushy” over time. Thanks Mamma G. These boozy cherry bombs are infused with vodka, star anise and vanilla. I don’t because the alcohol will prevent spoilage. If you give it a try, please let me know your results. Something about doing this though takes that harsh vodka hit away. It was a great learning experience and now that I have spent a year tasting the results, I’m happy to share these 10 terrific ways to preserve cherries… Frozen cherries Cherries freeze really well, and you can use them throughout the year in smoothies, cobblers, and more (my personal favorite is snacking on them straight from the freezer). Wash and dry the cherries before removing the stems and pips. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I never found a recipe. Yes please! OK Just put up 5 small jars of the cherries Wondering about the seal on them?? This method consists of steeping fresh or frozen fruit in alcohol for several weeks. you can use brandy or bourbon! Best of success. They will still be firm and taste great long after 4 months. We have done this same thing in large jars with our plums. Pour maraschino liqueur into the jar (s) to cover the cherries completely and shake well to dissolve the sugar. it’s called “Cherry Bounce” in Door County, they use the tart pie cherries. Best of success, I want to make many many small jars to give away. How in the heck do you wait 4 MONTHS? Your email address will not be published. this makes sense. Turns out just wonderful. Your email address will not be published. I am still enjoying a jar from last year. Regards, Well solutions abound. I am making these and I am SO counting them as a serving of fruit. Hi Dawn, You’ve got me thinking. Whether you plan on preserving brandied cherries for long-term shelf storage through canning or storing them in the fridge, just do it. CB. CB. I’ve never used grapes, but I’m guessing they will end up mushy. I have been making cherry vodka since the early 80s. Here is a two-fer for those of you who have fresh cherries on hand; Rum Soaked Preserved Cherries and Boozy Cherry Molasses. Please pass on your vanilla extract recipe at your convenience. Simple. Will this work with whiskey. HI Regula, I’d like to know how you make out. CB, Oh my goodness. anne C. July 24, 2012 I was hoping for both--fruit liquers and alcohol-drenched fruit I could use for desserts. You can still get a nice product with a less expensive vodka……maybe not as smooth. I love eating fresh cherries so it will be difficult to spare some … what am I saying? have a question.. just purchased a bag of cherries, its the start of the season so they dont taste that sweet, or really have much of taste at all… does this make a difference since they are going to be infused with vodka?? Sweet cherries, peaches and apricots can be de-stoned and put in brandy with sugar and left for a couple months. I was actually making cherry brandy and hadn’t thought to simply preserve some cherries. You got to give those babies at least 4 months to flavor the vodka. Best of success, 1. Use fresh cherries instead, but expect to wait a few months to enjoy them. If you’ve been following the blog for some time you will know that I am obsessed with pickled fruits and veggies. We … How To Make A Ventilated Gabled Beehive Roof, How To Make A Screened Bottom Board For Your Beehive, Crescia - The Easter Bread from Le Marche, http://simply-living-simply.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/homesteadershop3.jpg. You are going to be AMAZED at the sweetness in the vodka. Regards, Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. This method is actually just a way to preserve fruit with alcohol. Please take some time to familiarise yourself with the Supper in the Suburbs Privacy Policy. Find out how to make them below. Thanks for the “shout out”! I DO leave the pit in the cherry because removing it always bruises the fruit and makes it mushy as it stores. And they are heavenly. I’m not a fan of vodka either as a rule. Sorry, I don’t know much about this…. What do I love almost as much as pickling? Thanks for sharring my post. Regards, By the time they’re ready, the cherries will be utterly soused, about 1/2 of their … CB. We pit the cherries, first and then process quarts of them in an extra light sugar syrup. Regards, CB. Thanks for the idea! If the lids are bulging, it sounds like there may be a fermentation occurring. CB. Do you think they are OK or should I remove a cheery or two? Regards, There are many, many old recipes for preserving fruit in alcohol, and relatively few of them suggest canning. The liquid they’ve been soaking in is both hot due to the high alcohol content but also sweet and spicy. Pack the cherries into the sterilised jars along with the star anise, vanilla pods and caster sugar. My friends are fans as well. Add campden tablet if using. Set the vodka-infused cherries on wax paper and place in the fridge. But did you know that you can also preserve fruit in alcohol, such as brandy or vodka? CB. If it were me….I’d wait for a local Bing cherry. Note: There is no need to sterilize the jar because the vodka will act as a preservative for the fruit. I’m Emma. OK I have now done 20 batches of your wonderful cherries Problem?? CB, Hi Barbara, That’s when I had a brainwave. Thanks for your question. Great news! 2. I’ve been making these flavored cherries for a few years and they are always a great companion to dessert on special occasions. CB, What a wonderful idea! Stir over low heat until the sugar has dissolved, then add the prepared fruit and poach it gently for the times given below. Enjoy responsibly! Hope you give it a try. Your family & friends are going to love them! ( Log Out /  CB. I just read it once more. thanks a bunch! See you next Sunday. Preserving Fruit in Alcohol: I have a paranoia around canning.Before you give me flack, I recognize it is a useful thing, and the following is just my opinion.I never thought about it until recently, but botulism is a surefire way to die in any kind of situation where you can'… It’s also beyond simple to make boozy cherries that you can later eat over ice cream or dip in chocolate. Hey Brooke, Did you leave the 1/4″ head space? Cap the bottles and shake a few times to dissolve the sugar. Bookmarking this now! Will keep my eye out for bing cherries ! CB. Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! You gotta preserve those cherries, oh baby! CB. I have only tried cherries and berries personally, but many others use citrus, all stone fruits, cranberries, strawberries and apples. If you want to err on the side of caution, which I tend to do, first soak the fruit in a high-alcohol solution for a few weeks and use a high alcohol-to-fruit ratio. After 2 days boil the rest of the water up and add the sugar, stirring vigorously until fully dissolved. I think I just found what I’m making my father for Christmas this year! Store the cherries in a cool dark place for a … Regards, Regards, CB. Just wondering if I could make extra while the cherries are available? CB. caster sugar, cherries, star anise, vanilla pod, vodka. But just curious if Tequila works the same. CB, Those cherries look amazing. Like you with Vodka, I am not a fan! 500ml Vodka . I filled a jar with those and of course the vodka. Fill the jar with vodka, leaving a 1/4″ headspace. Regards, Fill the jar with vodka, leaving a 1/4″ headspace. Bring to the boil and remove from the heat and allow to cool down slightly. I am making another batch today because I found some more cherries! It will be a very Merry Christmas for your family! Regards, I can’t say that has ever happened to me. Thanks, Hi Betty Lou’ Discard any bruised or blemished fruit. Getting Your Backyard Flock Ready For Winter, http://www.herbanmomma.com/2013/08/wildcrafting-wednesday-8-7-13/, http://halitrax.com/2013/04/29/la-la-la-limoncello/, How To Make A Beehive:Building Honey Bee Boxes. According to blogger Lisa of Garlic and Zest, preserving cherries in vodka could take up to six months. Find out more about me and the blog here. Ontario Bing cherries are now in at farmer’s markets. Hope tasting them wins Thanks for starting a new Christmas Cherry tradition in our home and for friends , Hi Marise, I prefer brandy or vodka, and almost any fruit can be used. The results of my cherry preserving bender are nothing short of lip-smacking. With a nut pick or a sharp needle, prick each cherry in several places. Problem solved. Regards, Fill the jar with vodka, leaving a 1/4″ headspace. In doing so, the cherries will remain submersed in the vodka. Take your pick! I have not experienced this before. How to preserve cherries – the easiest way of preserving cherries, either sweet or sour, in a low sugar way: only 1 or 2 tablespoons sugar (to taste) per jar. You can use any cherry that you find to be tasty. Hope this helps. Regards, Shared this on FB as well as my blog on Christmas presents last week. We like to start with the deep, red Bings that are in season right now. 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