At Lazaya we personally control the process of our cherry in alcohol from start to finish: from the field, to the packaging.In our plantations we cultivate cherries of first quality, which are processed by the most advanced technology to be able to conserve all the natural properties of this delicate fruit. Of course I will be making some. I see what my extended family is getting this Christmas! Did you leave the 1/4″ head space? Hi Kathy, I never found a recipe. Hope you give it a try. Store in a cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks, inverting the jar every few days. CB. Hope this helps. CB. I didn’t realize something so lovely was so easily made! Thanks for the compliment! Alas, the whiskey-cherries were still just edible whiskey. Enjoy! Cook's tip. Hope this helps, Do you think they are OK or should I remove a cheery or two? In a pan heat the water and dissolve the sugar, stirring to prevent scorching. Kathy Shea Mormino As for the tequila cherries, the profound alcoholic burn was still there, but the aftertaste gave way to tequila’s sweeter notes. This is going on my must do list, thank you! I DO leave the pit in the cherry because removing it always bruises the fruit and makes it mushy as it stores. Regards, CB. Frozen cherries. CB. I want to make many many small jars to give away. ( Log Out / I can’t wait to try it with cherries!! Enjoy responsibly! See you next Sunday. Best of success, Spiked Cherries Recipe. Very excited to try this at Christmas and give as gifts this year! I’d like to know how you make out. you can use brandy or bourbon! Do you want the recipe? Introducing hard liquor-infused cherries, a step up in both boozy content and DIY bragging rights. Regards, But they were not bad, all things considered. Don't delay preserving … Stir to coat cherries. Two of the small jars have leaked over onto the shelf?? I don’t because the alcohol will prevent spoilage. And no one could stomach another bowl of fresh cherries by this point. I hope this answers your question. Are you using expensive vodka or the cheap stuff? CB. Thanks for answering my question. Tequila and vodka didn’t benefit quite as much from the infusion process, muscling out the cherry flavors. The Chicken Chick Should we eat them now OR through them away? I shall be adding more fruit as it becomes available, Hi Arty, Or should I wait and purchase a different kind of cherry? CB, Hi Cara, How to Preserve Cherries with Whiskey. I add nothing but Vodka and cherries. Do I have to turn the jar upside-down from time to time? Best of success, Firmy pack as many cherries as you can into the jar without smashing up the fruit. You can pit them, but you may find that the cherry becomes a bit “mushy” over time. great idea for Christmas gift giving and story sharing. CB. Discard any bruised or blemished fruit. HI Farmmom, I am making these and I am SO counting them as a serving of fruit. City Boy Hens, Crescia – The Easter Bread from Le Marche. CB. Best of success. Something I’ve always wanted to do. We plopped the fruits—pits, stems and all—into five jars filled with five different spirits (vodka, tequila, rum, whiskey and gin) and let them soak. I also hope you raise your first glass to your friend! Please pass on your vanilla extract recipe at your convenience. Glad to hear I have helped in a new chapter. Extra light is 1 1/4 Cups of Sugar to 5 1/2 Cups of Water. I was just wondering how long after the 4 months they will keep with the cherries maintaining their integrity? Canning brandied cherries is one method for preserving this delicious summertime stone fruit, however, there are more options available. ), Verdict: Rum (But not as good as before.). Hi Laila, This looks lovely. Best of success. Hi Ed, In a clean, sterilised jar add the blueberries and the cooled sugar syrup. Discard any bruised or blemished fruit. Low in nutrients. Preserved Spiced Blueberries In Vodka. OK Just put up 5 small jars of the cherries Wondering about the seal on them?? I ran out before this year’s cherries came in. Hey Brooke, Firmy pack as many cherries as you can into the jar without smashing up the fruit. Thanks for your comments. Regards, Get creative Hi Momis, Here’s the problem. I just read it once more. http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com, Hi Kathy, Regards, Here are some easy ways to preserve cherries, including how to get cherries in bulk and equipment to process and preserve them – canning, dehydrating, freezing, recipes and more! Have you ever added spices? CB. Cherries freeze really well, and you can use them throughout the year in smoothies, … Pack the cherries into a jar, filling it tightly and to the top. Just remember to remind your guests before they take a bite! Add the sugar and enough of the brandy to cover the cherries. Thanks for your comments. Add cherries and all liquid to jar and seal, making sure cherries are covered by liquid (add a little more booze if too many look like they’re bobbing for air). Thanks, Hi Betty Lou’ Regards, Fill the jar with vodka, leaving a 1/4″ headspace. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Regards, Preserving Fruit in Alcohol Step 1: Prep. Regards, Like you with Vodka, I am not a fan! CB. CB. Run a clean knife or thin spatula … Hi Rino, As well as resulting in a deliciously flavoured liqueur, the fruit can be fished out and is delicious with vanilla ice-cream, while the cherries can be used to make a wicked black forest gateaux or used as a fancy cocktail garnish. Cloves, orange peel? Never tried Tequila. ( Log Out / Add the booze. If the lids are bulging, it sounds like there may be a fermentation occurring. In doing so, the cherries will remain submersed in the vodka. A cherry pitter will make your life easier. We pit the cherries, first and then process quarts of them in an extra light sugar syrup. I’m not a fan of vodka either as a rule. Always look forward to your posts and hope you’ll be back tomorrow: http://wp.me/p2urYY-144, HI Jenny, I love eating fresh cherries so it will be difficult to spare some … what am I saying? Shake and roll the jar in your hands until the sugar … Does it make a difference? Cherries in brandy This is a simple way to preserve cherries while they’re in season and enjoy them throughout the rest of the year. CB, Oh my goodness. Makes a delicious plum “wine”. 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. 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, Crescia - The Easter Bread from Le Marche, How To Make A Screened Bottom Board For Your Beehive, http://simply-living-simply.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/homesteadershop3.jpg. Thanks for the idea! Shared this on FB as well as my blog on Christmas presents last week. Regards, Here, the play-by-play of our booze-infused cherry experiment. First, wash and remove the stems from your cherries. While you can keep it simple and just use brandy, sugar, and some water to soak your cherries… I shared on Facebook as I know I have followers who will LOVE this recipe. If you wish to make the cherries shelf-stable, please also prepare your canner. Regards, I have not experienced this before. I add a little sugar. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. CB. HI Regula, Yup. ➺ To make the syrup, add 3.75 cups of sugar to 8.25 cups of water and … Thanks for the “shout out”! Seal up the jar. CB. I have been making cherry vodka since the early 80s. I can’t say that has ever happened to me. CB, Those cherries look amazing. Thanks for the inspiration. Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! Step 3: Wait. Any chance this works with Tequila too? The little stone fruits soaked up the alcohol way more effectively than expected, yielding little boozy bombs that are not for the faint of heart (or liver). I used Bing cherries because they are available and really sweet. Thanks for sharring my post. I always raw pack cherries because I find that easier but hot pack is for sure doable, if you're inclined to do … Well solutions abound. Preserved cherries can be stored for months, even a year and change, in the fridge or unopened in a cool, dry space. You should pack the jar pretty tight with cherries so that they won’t float. I push and the lid gives a bit. This sounds wonderful but I can’t get cherries this time of year. Oddly, the harsh is transferred to the cherries. ©2020 Group Nine Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. Could I use grapes instead of cherries? How To Make The Crunchiest Dill Pickles Ever! It will but the whiskey will dominate the flavor. Regards, 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! Regards, Freezing and canning methods for sweet or sour cherries are explained. Is it possible that some of your cherries were starting to spoil before you canned them and now they are starting to ferment? Verdict: Rum (You should probably just stop here. I am making another batch today because I found some more cherries! Getting ready to try this. Oh my, the things you can do with fruit and vodka! Both the vodka and gin cherries had a jarring, acrid, alcoholic bite, which failed to mesh with the cherry notes—but at least the cherry notes were there. Verdict: Rum (Are you sensing a pattern?). Regards, I enjoy the “zing”. The sweetness of this cherry will infuse with the vodka and make a sweet syrup to accompany your vodka cherries. Regards, Love for you to come by Wildcrafting Wednesday and share this post. Serve 3-4cherries in a liqueur glass with a toothpick. I’m putting this activity on my “to do list”. I use these to make Vodkakirshin – chocolate covered vodka soaked cherries. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. I recall some older relatives reminisce about this tradition. I’ve been making these flavored cherries for a few years and they are always a great companion to dessert on special occasions. 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). In fact, preserving fruit in alcohol has long been a secret of those too lazy to can – it works even better and then you get some fruit-infused alcohol … Yum-O! I don’t find that the “harshness” of the vodka is transferred to the cherries. Regards, -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures. Pit the cherries but leave them whole. You can still get a nice product with a less expensive vodka……maybe not as smooth. The rum-infused cherries still proved the best match—though not quite as good as the first round—with a warm, round flavor. I don’t like the texture or the presentation of the cherry if it is pitted. Lizzie, Add 1 or 2 tablespoons sugar to … I think I just found what I’m making my father for Christmas this year! ... CLAFOUTIS Use preserved Concord grapes in place of cherries. Sorry, I don’t know much about this…. It will be a very Merry Christmas for your family! Does the recipe stay the same?? Thanks Mamma G. I found some great pomegranates and the market. Now, put it aside in your cantina or cold cellar and WAIT! Pour in enough alcohol (rum, brandy, whiskey or unflavored vodka) to cover, put on the lid, shake a few times, and wait. After a week the lids are starting to bulge, is this because of something I have done wrong? Pour alcohol over it. Preserving fruit with alcohol is easier than serious canning, with its macerating, simmering and sterilization of jars. Incredibly simple, brandied cherries are exactly what they sound like… cherries preserved in a sweetened alcoholic syrup the alcohol, of course, being brandy in this case. Bookmarking this now! It's that simple. I also never give them to my friends who are in AA. Hi Homer, This looks like a wonderfully full flavored serving of fruit to ME! You can either: 1) Filter again – losing a little bit of your mixture in the process (and yes it does take a long time) 2) Let it be – and explain to people what it is. Allow to cool. My friends can’t wait for their Christmas gifts!!!!! Morello Cherries in Syrup. Loved this when I saw it last year. Beyond these basic methods, you can preserve cherries in many other interesting ways: making crack seed–a dried cherry snack food, pickling fresh cherries, canning or freezing cherry purée, macerating (soaking) cherries in rum, or making cherry vodka liqueur (Ciliegia Cello). Seal the jar and invert several times to help dissolve the sugar. Regards, Visiting from Creative Home Expressions Blog hop. Thanks for sharing this with us. Believe you me, it will be worth he wait! Cheers, Is it possible that your cherries were starting to spoil before you put them in the jar? CB. Alcohol-infused fruit has been around forever. Hi Kim, Just make sure the cherries are TOTALLY submerged in the vodka and you’ll be fine. Just wondering if I could make extra while the cherries are available? CB. ( Log Out / How in the heck do you wait 4 MONTHS? So Happy Ever since I moved to Wisconsin I have heard about these amazing cherries. Regards, CB. Your family & friends are going to love them! We here at Supercall Labs don’t believe any liquor-infused project should require more than three steps: Add liquor, wait, enjoy. Maraschino cherries are great (especially when you opt for the artisanal version over the syrupy, neon red sugar globs), but sometimes the liqueur-soaked treat just doesn’t have the punch you need. 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?? But just curious if Tequila works the same. My friends are fans as well. ( Log Out / Fill the jar to the top with vodka and seal the lid on tightly. But I was not, and I mean not going to waste these beautiful cherries! Regards, You got to give those babies at least 4 months to flavor the vodka. CB. Change ), Enter your email address to follow City Boy Hens and receive notifications of new posts by email. First, wash and remove the stems from your cherries. Preserving fruit in alcohol is quite easy and produces two delicious outcomes - boozy fruit & infused spirits. Place a stainless steel or non-reactive … Step 2: Layer. A serving of fruit and a serving of happiness. Will keep my eye out for bing cherries ! Nice additions. Using a canning funnel (just because it’s easier), drop your cherries into a clean mason jar. They will still be firm and taste great long after 4 months. As long as the alcohol is at least 35% ABV and the fruit is completely covered, they will keep for years. Just be carfeull………it may be hard to stop wanting more and NO……This DOESN’T count towards a serving of fruit! Maraschino cherries lose many vitamins and minerals during the bleaching and … CB, Your recipe was a hit. So… enter the age-old, time-honored, lazy girl’s way of preserving fruit. Yes please! Thanks for all your help, Marise, Hi Marise, I will have to go back out and pick some more cherries tomorrow as I stoned all the ones that I picked today. We then tasted them after 36 hours, 72 hours and one week. You can use any cherry that you find to be tasty. I only make them for Christmas along with rummy raisins and brandy orange peel. Hope to see you back. it’s called “Cherry Bounce” in Door County, they use the tart pie cherries. CB. We always wait until Christmas Eve to open the first jar from the previous summer and share it amongst the adults at our table. Christmas is about stories and you just started a new chapter for me. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. I was actually making cherry brandy and hadn’t thought to simply preserve some cherries. It looks like it will be a very MERRY Christmas for you and yours! thanks a bunch! I have a question. Use a funnel to fill the jar about 1/3 of the way with sugar. OK I have now done 20 batches of your wonderful cherries Problem?? CB, What a wonderful idea! As for the tequila cherries, the profound alcoholic burn was still there, but the aftertaste gave way to tequila’s sweeter notes. Thanks! We always enjoy homemade gifts and I usually knit or crochet something. Hi Sheri, Best of success. Preserving in alcohol is one of the oldest, simplest and most delicious ways of preserving fruit. Something about doing this though takes that harsh vodka hit away. CB, Hi Barbara, You will know that the cherries are ready when the vodka turns a deep dark red. Ensure the lid is on tightly and store in a cool, dry place. 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