Homemade cocktail cherries using fresh cherries and a simple spiced brandy mixture. The hardest part is the waiting…
1) Wash cherries well and pit them. You can leave the stems on or remove them. If you don’t have a cherry pitter, you can use a chopstick to pit the cherries. Start with the smaller end of the chopstick to make a whole in the cherry, then poke the pit out with the larger end.
2) In a small pot, combine brandy, water, sugar, lemon juice, orange peel, cinnamon stick, and allspice berries. Bring to almost a simmer to dissolve the sugar and then remove from heat.
3) In a large wide-mouthed CLEAN jar, pile in all the pitted cherries. Pour over the hot brandy mixture.
4) Seal the jar tightly with a canning lid and let cool at room temperature. Then transfer to fridge and let sit for at least two weeks in the fridge.
Serve as a garnish on any dark liquor drink… really good in an old fashioned or any whiskey drink.