Hi Kathy, Refrigerate for 1 to 2 weeks, gently shaking each jar twice a day. Glad to hear I have helped in a new chapter. I also never give them to my friends who are in AA. Turns out just wonderful. Best of success. Getting ready to try this. Cap the bottles and shake a few times to dissolve the sugar. Thanks for all your help, Marise, Hi Marise, CB. Firmy pack as many cherries as you can into the jar without smashing up the fruit. ( Log Out /  I think I just found what I’m making my father for Christmas this year! In the United States, cherry picking season lasts from May until August, but they are at their peak in June. 1. Note: There is no need to sterilize the jar because the vodka will act as a preservative for the fruit. Regards, Divide the sugar, vanilla bean, and vodka between the bottles. Regards, Believe you me, it will be worth he wait! Hi Laila, Thanks for sharing this with us. Regards, Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Hope to see you back. Here’s the problem. Hi Rino, Put half the sugar and all the water specified in the recipe into a wide, shallow saucepan, adding any spices. anne C. July 24, 2012 I was hoping for both--fruit liquers and alcohol-drenched fruit I could use for desserts. We always enjoy homemade gifts and I usually knit or crochet something. I have included both means for preserving this brandied cherry recipe. Hope this helps, This sounds wonderful but I can’t get cherries this time of year. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com, Hi Kathy, That’s when I had a brainwave. We always wait until Christmas Eve to  open the first jar from the previous summer and share it amongst the adults at our table. This is going on my must do list, thank you! We have done this same thing in large jars with our plums. I also hope you raise your first glass to your friend! Please take some time to familiarise yourself with the Supper in the Suburbs Privacy Policy. I’ve used the recipe often, and found that it adapts to many other fruits, such as strawberries, cherries, and surprising, also to rhubarb. I didn’t realize something so lovely was so easily made! Stopping by from The Homesteaders Hop, thanks for participating and come again this Sunday! Regards, 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. If it were me….I’d wait for a local Bing cherry. You can pit them, but you may find that the cherry becomes a bit “mushy” over time. I’m not sure because there aren’t all the cherries in the vodka. Note: there is no need to sterilize the jar because the vodka will act as a preservative for the cherries. CB. Take your pick! Regards, I missed the ” (I’m not used to this mesure), so I have to fill up the jar almost to the brim. Enjoy! OK I have now done 20 batches of your wonderful cherries Problem?? I will have to go back out and pick some more cherries tomorrow as I stoned all the ones that I picked today. Fill the jar with vodka, leaving a 1/4″ headspace. When I found myself with a huge bag of fresh cherries my first instinct was to pickle them. All of these delicious fruit liqueurs are easily homemade in the same way as limoncello. I filled a jar with those and of course the vodka. If you can't buy cherries fresh from a local farm, frozen will work just as well. Thank you for sharing this at the HomeAcre Hop. 2. 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! What do I love almost as much as pickling? Want to work with me? In doing so, the cherries will remain submersed in the vodka. To make limoncello (or any other fruit ‘cello’), first you simply soak the chopped fruit in vodka. Pour over the vodka, seal the jars and shake well. Hi Judith, In a pan heat the water and dissolve the sugar, stirring to prevent scorching. I never found a recipe. You gotta’ wait for the vodka and the sugars in the cherries to blend into a fantastic flavor. Serve when the chocolate has hardened. Directions. Have you ever added spices? I used Bing cherries because they are available and really sweet. Thanks for your comments. Your email address will not be published. You gotta preserve those cherries, oh baby! After a week the lids are starting to bulge, is this because of something I have done wrong? Could I use grapes instead of cherries? Best of success, Thanks so very much!! I found some great pomegranates and the market. I always raw pack cherries because I find that easier but hot pack is for sure doable, if you're inclined to do … Learn how your comment data is processed. Just wondering if I could make extra while the cherries are available? thanks a bunch! Oh my, the things you can do with fruit and vodka! Regards, If the lids are bulging, it sounds like there may be a fermentation occurring. Hi Sheri, Store the cherries in a cool dark place for a … CB, Oh my goodness. Hi Momis, Seal up the jar. Will this work with whiskey. 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. A 20 something foodie that lives and works in London. Firmy pack as many cherries as you can into the jar without smashing up the fruit. We pit the cherries, first and then process quarts of them in an extra light sugar syrup. Love for you to come by Wildcrafting Wednesday and share this post. Using a canning funnel (just because it’s easier), drop your cherries into a clean mason jar. Hi Kim, Yes please! Thanks for sharring my post. I have just done a very similar thing with brandy. CB. CB. As always, Supper in the Suburbs encourages you to drink sensibly! Let sit for at least 3-4 days. Do not miss out on the opportunity to preserve boozy cherries. ( Log Out /  This looks like a wonderfully full flavored serving of fruit to ME! 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. I add nothing but Vodka and cherries. I’ve been making these flavored cherries for a few years and they are always a great companion to dessert on special occasions. Regards, 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?? Apr 1, 2013 - recipe: sweet cherries, canning cherries, canning, preserving, seasonal recipe, cherries CB. Now, put it aside in your cantina or cold cellar and WAIT! Hi Homer, I add a little sugar. Rum Soaked Preserved Cherries are exactly what they sound like. I’ve never used grapes, but I’m guessing they will end up mushy. I’d love to know what you create with your vodka soaked cherries. Wash and dry the cherries before removing the stems and pips. It seems like you leave the pits in the cherries? First, wash and remove the stems from your cherries. Be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can see! I hope you begin the tradition of “drunken cherries” this Christmas. But it sounds like won't really work. Hope tasting them wins Thanks for starting a new Christmas Cherry tradition in our home and for friends , Hi Marise, I have only tried cherries and berries personally, but many others use citrus, all stone fruits, cranberries, strawberries and apples. Discard any bruised or blemished fruit. CB, Your recipe was a hit. You got to give those babies at least 4 months to flavor the vodka. 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. Does the recipe stay the same?? 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. Whether you plan on preserving brandied cherries for long-term shelf storage through canning or storing them in the fridge, just do it. Alcohol to cover (high % - vodka, grappa, rum, triple sec, etc) Optional add-ins: cinnamon stick, vanilla bean or extract, cloves. Put cherries into fermenting bin or bucket, cover with 3 litres/6 pints hot water and leave for 2 days. You are going to be AMAZED at the sweetness in the vodka. 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. I just read it once more. Enjoy responsibly! Thanks for the idea! CB. This method is actually just a way to preserve fruit with alcohol. Hope this helps. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Is it possible that some of your cherries were starting to spoil before you canned them and now they are starting to ferment? Set the vodka-infused cherries on wax paper and place in the fridge. I’m putting this activity on my “to do list”. In a clean, sterilised jar add the blueberries and the cooled sugar syrup. Best of success, Make maraschino cherries for a tasty treat or addition to cocktails. www.thecrepesofwrath.com/2012/08/09/homemade-brandied-cherries I’m Emma. Regards, Will keep my eye out for bing cherries ! CB. Do I have to turn the jar upside-down from time to time? I ran out before this year’s cherries came in. you can use brandy or bourbon! It looks like it will be a very MERRY Christmas for you and yours! After 2 days boil the rest of the water up and add the sugar, stirring vigorously until fully dissolved. CB, Those cherries look amazing. Well solutions abound. Regards, Find out how to make them below. HI Farmmom, Your family & friends are going to love them! CB. CB. I’m just not a fan of vodka, although I’m sure the cherries make it taste great. I’ve been making these flavored cherries for a few years and they are always a great companion to dessert on  special occasions. Thanks for the “shout out”! Regards, 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. So if you are trying to preserve fruit, putting it in alcohol is not the way to go. CB. With a nut pick or a sharp needle, prick each cherry in several places. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures. Some of the best cherries to make infused vodka with are Rainier, Bing and Royal Ann’s (yellow-red). Thanks for answering my question. Serve 3-4cherries in a liqueur glass with a toothpick. In … I have not experienced this before. Do they need to be refrigerated? Add the whole vanilla pod and then pour over the vodka so all the fruit is completely covered. Your email address will not be published. CB. Place the jars into your oven for 10 minutes on a low temperature (160C/320F/gas mark 3) or until they are dry. Although the methods of preparing the fruits before cooking vary, the method of preserving is the same for each fruit. Of course I will be making some. I prefer brandy or vodka, and almost any fruit can be used. Just make sure the cherries are TOTALLY submerged in the vodka and you’ll be fine. Thanks for your comments. Is it possible that your cherries were starting to spoil before you put them in the jar? You got to give those babies at least 4 months to flavor the vodka. Like you with Vodka, I am not a fan! CB. We like to start with the deep, red Bings that are in season right now. So are you hot water bathing these to seal? Hi Dawn, The sweetness of this cherry will infuse with the vodka and make a sweet syrup to accompany your vodka cherries. Place the cherries in two 20-ounce bottles or jars. I don’t like the texture or the presentation of the cherry if it is pitted. Best of success. It will be a very Merry Christmas for your family! Not a fan of maraschino cherries? 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 . CB. Was going to try banana, but cherry extract goes in lots of things. I love the crispness of the cherries and the wonderful flavor the vodka takes ons. I was actually making cherry brandy and hadn’t thought to simply preserve some cherries. Cloves, orange peel? Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Two of the small jars have leaked over onto the shelf?? I recall some older relatives reminisce about this tradition. City Boy Hens, Crescia – The Easter Bread from Le Marche. I use these to make Vodkakirshin – chocolate covered vodka soaked cherries. Regards, I have a dear friend who is from the UP (Michigan:) The only time I have ever had Drunkin Cherries was at her house on Christmas Eve~ I can’t wait to try this recipe….she is no longer here….but I am going to make these cherries and have them this Christmas Eve~ Thank you Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines, Hi Lynn & thank you for your comments. Pickle them my life t like the texture or the cheap stuff cherry bombs are infused with,... 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