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    Homemade cocktail cherries

    After reading Reid's recent thread about the manhattan and how "brandied" cherries are much, much better in them than maraschino cherries, I looked at a few places but couldn't find any brandied cherries.

    There are a lot of recipes online, and I think I'll try a time-consuming one later, but I found a quick one I could use relatively immediately and decided I'd give it a go.


    1 1/2 lb dark sweet cherries (pitted)
    1/4 cup sugar
    1/4 cup water
    Juice from one lemon
    1 small cinnamon stick
    1/4 cup bourbon

    combine the water, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon in a small saucepan on the stove and bring to a boil. add the cherries, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 5 minutes stirring regularly.

    I also added a dash of homemade vanilla extract when it was just about cooked. like 1/8 of a teaspoon or something.

    Remove from heat, remove the cinnamon, and add the bourbon (I used a combination of maker's mark and maker's 46, with just a dash of GTS). Once cool, throw it in a mason jar or glass container.

    The original recipe called for brandy of course, but what use do I have for that stuff?

    The home made vanilla extract is half of a vanilla bean, split, and then added to a 50ml mini that I filled with GTS. It's been sitting up in the cupboard for 3 months or so and it smells incredible!



    Anyway, they're pretty decent in an old fashioned, I have yet to try them in a manhattan. I'll also say I tried one in coca-cola (with just a tiny spoonful of the juice) and it made an AWESOME cherry coke.

    Enjoy!
    Quote Originally Posted by SMOWK View Post
    I like to save up the charred bits in the bottom of the unfiltered stuff. When I have enough, I pour milk on it and eat it.

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    Re: Homemade cocktail cherries

    Thanks Erik. I'll have to try this one.

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    Re: Homemade cocktail cherries

    I made some brandied cherries this year with some sour-cherries, and they are awesome. Like a little cherry pie bomb in your mouth. Sour cherries are harder to find around here, you have to time the season just right and jump all over it. The recipe I used was just refined sugar and brandy. Next year, I think I would probably make more of a sugar syrup and possibly put the cherries on the stovetop for a few minutes, like your recipe.

    I ran out of brandy, and had a few cherries left over, so I tried some in bourbon (OGD BIB), and they aren't nearly as good, IMHO. They're too boozy and not sweet enough.
    Chris/Oregon

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    Re: Homemade cocktail cherries

    I take a short cut, which is to add good whiskey to a commercial brand of cocktail cherries. Sometimes, it is one kind; sometimes a blending of my own, but always American-type. Right now I have a Manhattan with two cherries and mixed whiskeys, the red vermouth, about 1:3 to the whiskey. Some 1970's Angostura. Two rocks. It just works very well.

    Gary
    Last edited by Gillman; 10-18-2010 at 16:42.

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    Re: Homemade cocktail cherries

    Quote Originally Posted by darkluna View Post

    I ran out of brandy, and had a few cherries left over, so I tried some in bourbon (OGD BIB), and they aren't nearly as good, IMHO. They're too boozy and not sweet enough.
    That's why I used Maker's and a dash of GTS, somewhat sweeter than it could have been.
    Quote Originally Posted by SMOWK View Post
    I like to save up the charred bits in the bottom of the unfiltered stuff. When I have enough, I pour milk on it and eat it.

 

 

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