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    Bourbon Cherries Experiment

    I have a jar of Rainier cherries in bourbon that I made a few months ago. The result turned out to be interesting in that the bourbon completely absorbed the sugar from the cherries turning it into a very sweet, wine-like liqueur. The cherries, on the other hand, absorbed all of the rye flavor from the bourbon and now taste like little balls of rye. I've been at a loss for what to do with the concoction since I don't usually care for sweet drinks. Tonight, I made a cocktail using 1 part of the cherry-infused bourbon and 2 parts WT rye shaken and strained into a martini glass. I threw in 2 of the rye cherries on a toothpick and the whole thing was pretty good!
    Has anyone else had a result like this, and what did you do with the final product?
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    Re: Bourbon Cherries Experiment

    I put cherries and valrohna cocoa nibs in mine. Made great old fashiond's. Easy on the nibs though. The cherries are useless after the soak though. Better to toss them and use a different garnish. My 2 cnts
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    Re: Bourbon Cherries Experiment

    Funny you should mention this. I was about to try the same thing. Now, I'm thinking I should try it with something other than bourbon . . . maybe brandy, luxardo, cherry heering?

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    Re: Bourbon Cherries Experiment

    White dog?
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    Re: Bourbon Cherries Experiment

    Quote Originally Posted by Restaurant man View Post
    White dog?
    That would be an interesting, but expensive, experiment!
    I'm thinking that besides mixing this stuff might be good in a recipe that calls for a sweet wine. Has anyone else tried cooking with a bourbon infusion?
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    Re: Bourbon Cherries Experiment

    One of my best creations has been a cherry infused vodka. I had a mason jar full of fresh picked cherries soaking in vodka for about 3 days. I removed the vodka, and filled the jar of cherries with sugar. In another 36 hours, the sugar pulled the liquid and color from the cherries, resulting in a thick, sweet cherry syrup, and pale white cherries. I then mixed the syrup and the vodka from step one, and made a ~55 proof drink that tasted like cherry Kool-Aid. Good straight, over shaved ice, or blended.

    I tried the same thing with strawberries, but left the proof too high for most to enjoy.

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    Re: Bourbon Cherries Experiment

    Quote Originally Posted by Bourbon Boiler View Post
    One of my best creations has been a cherry infused vodka. I had a mason jar full of fresh picked cherries soaking in vodka for about 3 days. I removed the vodka, and filled the jar of cherries with sugar. In another 36 hours, the sugar pulled the liquid and color from the cherries, resulting in a thick, sweet cherry syrup, and pale white cherries. I then mixed the syrup and the vodka from step one, and made a ~55 proof drink that tasted like cherry Kool-Aid. Good straight, over shaved ice, or blended.

    I tried the same thing with strawberries, but left the proof too high for most to enjoy.
    How did the strawberries turn out? As good as the cherries?
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    Re: Bourbon Cherries Experiment

    Quote Originally Posted by Restaurant man View Post
    I put cherries and valrohna cocoa nibs in mine. Made great old fashiond's. Easy on the nibs though. The cherries are useless after the soak though. Better to toss them and use a different garnish. My 2 cnts
    I've had good success with texture when I first blanch the cherries in salted water before putting in jars for infusion.

    My current batch have good texture. Previous batches that weren't blanched were quite a bit softer.

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    Re: Bourbon Cherries Experiment

    My wife's friend made some bourbon cherries and mailed us a jar. I use them in Manhattans. I'm really looking forward to drinking the liquid that remains after I finish the cherries.

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    Re: Bourbon Cherries Experiment

    I used to get cherries marinated in moonshine from this little place in east Tennessee. They were great and the marinade was put to good use.

    Cheers!

 

 

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