I’ve always loved Maraschino cherries as a kid but now I can’t help thinking that I’m eating a bunch of chemicals when I find one in my drink. No cherry is that fluorescent red in nature! I wanted to make a more adult version using fresh cherries and bourbon…because I had a bottle lying around. If you don’t have bourbon at home, substitute it with rum, whisky or Maraschino liqueur; the cherries will soak up all the yummy flavours! You can then use them for drinks, in sangria, chopped up in brownies or on top of ice cream! They can be kept for up to 3 months in the fridge so you can make a batch now that will last you all summer.
- 2 cups of fresh pitted cherries
- 3/4 cup of white sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 cup of bourbon
- Optional additions: 1 tsp of orange zest, a pinch of nutmeg
- Jars for storing, this recipe fills up 2 x 12oz jars
Make sure your jars are sterilized. Dunk them in boiling water for 15 minutes. Take them out and let dry.
In a small pot, bring sugar, water and cinnamon (and any additional ingredients) to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer until sugar has dissolved. Strain if you added orange zest to make the liquid smooth and add the bourbon. Place your cherries in the jars and top with hot liquid. Close lid tightly and place back into boiling water for another 10 minutes. Let cool and refrigerate for at least 24h before eating them.