Cherry Brandy is such an old fashioned drink. It takes me right back to when i was a child and those fancy liqueur chocolates would come out at Christmas, there was always the cherry brandy ones that made you feel all grown up and decadent. Ah those were the days…..
The cherries are really cheap just now and the supermarkets have huge displays of glistening rich red goodness all waiting to be tasted. We’ve been eating so many lately that i thought it was time I actually made something with them and stopped just stuffing them into my mouth.
Stone those cherries
Now I am being cautious here and I have stoned my cherries. Honestly I started with a knife but half way through I was just popping out those stones by hand and it took no time at all. If you value your teeth (and those of your friends) and have any reservations about the merits of keeping your dentist in high fashion and luxury items, I would strongly suggest that you take this extra time to stone the cherries now.
Of course you can wait till you fish them out of the brandy at a later date, but by then you may well have sampled said brandy and forget to stone the damn things at all. Then all hell will break loose when you chomp into one of those babies and lose a gnasher! Your dentist will of course be thrilled as they tot up yet another luxury item to their ever growing wardrobe.
Here is how to make cherry brandy!
I used just a half bottle of brandy for this and used a 1 kilo kilner jar and 2 punnets of cherries (about 600g). The only other ingredients I added were 2 tbsp of caster sugar and a cinnamon stick.
Stone your cherries and pack them into the jar. Add the sugar and stir well and pop in the cinnamon stick.
Pour in the brandy and seal the jar. Shake well and put away in a cool dark cupboard for about 6 weeks.
Shake the jar occasionally.
Pour through a sieve to remove the cherries and use these as a fabulously gorgeous topping for ice cream. You will thank me at this point for reminding you to remove the stones back at the beginning of this saga!
So that’s how to make cherry brandy in your own kitchen, now I just have to clean up the sticky mess I’ve made…….