Homemade Cocktail Cherries

About 40 cherries
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Homemade Cocktail Cherries: These ripe, fresh cherries are jarred in a spiced brandy mixture for a few weeks and perfect in any dark cocktail. So much better than the store-bought bright red version! | macheesmo.com
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Homemade cocktail cherries using fresh cherries and a simple spiced brandy mixture. The hardest part is the waiting…


1 pound fresh cherries, pitted
1 1/2 cups brandy
1 cup water
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 lemon, juice only
1 orange, peel only
1 cinnamon stick
10 allspice berries

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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.