Thank you for sharing this at the HomeAcre Hop. CB. Find out more about me and the blog here. CB. I hope you begin the tradition of “drunken cherries” this Christmas. 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. A local tree is dripping with fruit. Cover and place in a cool location for 4 to 30 days. Believe you me, it will be worth he wait! Wash and dry the cherries; do not remove the stems. Does the recipe stay the same?? Stir over low heat until the sugar has dissolved, then add the prepared fruit and poach it gently for the times given below. ( Log Out /  I’m just not a fan of vodka, although I’m sure the cherries make it taste great. They are cherries soaked in a rum-heavy sweetened syrup. Yes please! Pack the cherries into the sterilised jars along with the star anise, vanilla pods and caster sugar. I am making these and I am SO counting them as a serving of fruit. CB, Hi Cara, Cloves, orange peel? Make maraschino cherries for a tasty treat or addition to cocktails. Place the cherries in two 20-ounce bottles or jars. Kathy Shea Mormino Are you using expensive vodka or the cheap stuff? Getting ready to try this. Hey Brooke, I hope this answers your question. We have a lot of cherries this year. I only make them for Christmas along with rummy raisins and brandy orange peel. I’d like to know how you make out. 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. The sweetness of this cherry will infuse with the vodka and make a sweet syrup to accompany your vodka cherries. Firmy pack as many cherries as you can into the jar without smashing up the fruit. Best of success. What do I love almost as much as pickling? OK Just put up 5 small jars of the cherries Wondering about the seal on them?? I recall some older relatives reminisce about this tradition. Cheers, I can’t explain the alchemy here, but it does work. Note: there is no need to sterilize the jar because the vodka will act as a preservative for the cherries. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. To make these spiced cherries in vodka couldn’t be easier. Thank you. I have been making cherry vodka since the early 80s. Hope this helps. If you give it a try, please let me know your results. Supper in the Suburbs is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk. Thanks so very much!! Thanks Mamma G. 500ml Vodka . When I found myself with a huge bag of fresh cherries my first instinct was to pickle them. Always look forward to your posts and hope you’ll be back tomorrow: http://wp.me/p2urYY-144, HI Jenny, CB. Thanks for all your help, Marise, Hi Marise, CB, Thank you I’m making these for me and my friends and family thanx . I’ve never used grapes, but I’m guessing they will end up mushy. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Regards, CB. Note: There is no need to sterilize the jar because the vodka will act as a preservative for the fruit. They are great to eat fresh and even better to jar for the winter in some vodka. We … I add a little sugar. anne C. July 24, 2012 I was hoping for both--fruit liquers and alcohol-drenched fruit I could use for desserts. 3. I don’t find that the “harshness” of the vodka is transferred to the cherries. You can pit them, but you may find that the cherry becomes a bit “mushy” over time. Now, put it aside in your cantina or cold cellar and WAIT! I’d love to know what you create with your vodka soaked cherries. CB. A 20 something foodie that lives and works in London. Required fields are marked *. Regards, Best of success. CB. Your email address will not be published. OK I have now done 20 batches of your wonderful cherries Problem?? It is a way of preserving the flavor or essence of the fruit for later use. You got to give those babies at least 4 months to flavor the vodka. thanks for helping me keep my expectations realistic. Regards, Thanks for answering my question. There are many, many old recipes for preserving fruit in alcohol, and relatively few of them suggest canning. Fill the jar with vodka, leaving a 1/4″ headspace. Just remember to remind your guests before they take a bite! CB. 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 … 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. Strain and reserve vodka. Your family and friends will appreciate your gifts. I enjoy the “zing”. I’ve been making these flavored cherries for a few years and they are always a great companion to dessert on special occasions. I used Bing cherries because they are available and really sweet. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 2. If you can't buy cherries fresh from a local farm, frozen will work just as well. Your email will NEVER be shared. CB. Problem solved. This method consists of steeping fresh or frozen fruit in alcohol for several weeks. Thanks for your comments. Visiting from Creative Home Expressions Blog hop. Regards, Best of success, We always wait until Christmas Eve to  open the first jar from the previous summer and share it amongst the adults at our table. I have only tried cherries and berries personally, but many others use citrus, all stone fruits, cranberries, strawberries and apples. CB. Although the methods of preparing the fruits before cooking vary, the method of preserving is the same for each fruit. Hi Dawn, Yum-O! Extra light is 1 1/4 Cups of Sugar to 5 1/2 Cups of Water. A serving of fruit and a serving of happiness. Add the whole vanilla pod and then pour over the vodka so all the fruit is completely covered. Thanks for your comments. Hope this helps, With a nut pick or a sharp needle, prick each cherry in several places. Something I’ve always wanted to do. Should we eat them now OR through them away? Hi Joan, Have you ever added spices? Stopping by from The Homesteaders Hop, thanks for participating and come again this Sunday! I’m not a fan of vodka either as a rule. Fill the jar with vodka, leaving a 1/4″ headspace. Firmy pack as many cherries as you can into the jar without smashing up the fruit. You don’t even have to take the stems off. Ingredients. After 2 days boil the rest of the water up and add the sugar, stirring vigorously until fully dissolved. 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. Find out how to make them below. Be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can see! Loved this when I saw it last year. The cherries will float so you will have to eyeball this, though shaking for 30 seconds usually works well enough. Here’s the problem. Seal up the jar. Let sit for at least 3-4 days. Regards, Something about doing this though takes that harsh vodka hit away. But it sounds like won't really work. Could I use grapes instead of cherries? After a week the lids are starting to bulge, is this because of something I have done wrong? Ontario Bing cherries are now in at farmer’s markets. I think I just found what I’m making my father for Christmas this year! Please pass on your vanilla extract recipe at your convenience. According to blogger Lisa of Garlic and Zest, preserving cherries in vodka could take up to six months. caster sugar, cherries, star anise, vanilla pod, vodka. In doing so, the cherries will remain submersed in the vodka. Whether you plan on preserving brandied cherries for long-term shelf storage through canning or storing them in the fridge, just do it. When you have a plethora of cherries, there are plenty of ways to preserve them so you can enjoy them for months to come. Followed you from the Homestead Barn Hop. Thanks for the “shout out”! We always enjoy homemade gifts and I usually knit or crochet something. thanks a bunch! Like you with Vodka, I am not a fan! Or should I wait and purchase a different kind of cherry? Your email address will not be published. I love the crispness of the cherries and the wonderful flavor the vodka takes ons. It will be a very Merry Christmas for your family! Makes a delicious plum “wine”. Hi Kim, I also never give them to my friends who are in AA. Hope to see you back. Your Manhattans will thank you. Regards, Best of success, Set the vodka-infused cherries on wax paper and place in the fridge. She also advised me to rotate the jars every month or so. You gotta’ wait for the vodka and the sugars in the cherries to blend into a fantastic flavor. 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. But just curious if Tequila works the same. Serve alongside chocolate based desserts for a flavour sensation. Do you want the recipe? Jul 30, 2013 - Ontario Bing cherries are now in at farmer’s markets. I’ve preserved my cherries in vodka but if I’m honest, this recipe would work equally well with rum or even brandy. CB. Add campden tablet if using. ( Log Out /  Hi Kathy, You’ve got me thinking. Any chance this works with Tequila too? Divide the sugar, vanilla bean, and vodka between the bottles. ( Log Out /  The liquid they’ve been soaking in is both hot due to the high alcohol content but also sweet and spicy. 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. 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). Christmas is about stories and you just started a new chapter for me. This sounds wonderful but I can’t get cherries this time of year. Does it make a difference? Thanks for your question. Here is a two-fer for those of you who have fresh cherries on hand; Rum Soaked Preserved Cherries and Boozy Cherry Molasses. I DO leave the pit in the cherry because removing it always bruises the fruit and makes it mushy as it stores. I’m not sure because there aren’t all the cherries in the vodka. This method is actually just a way to preserve fruit with alcohol. Now, put it aside in your cantina or cold cellar and WAIT! Use fresh cherries instead, but expect to wait a few months to enjoy them. HI Joe, Do you think they are OK or should I remove a cheery or two? Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. I prefer brandy or vodka, and almost any fruit can be used. Serve 3-4cherries in a liqueur glass with a toothpick. It looks like it will be a very MERRY Christmas for you and yours! 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