I had a punnets of cherries to use up and some brandy that had been left over from Xmas cooking. The brandy was a cheaper brand and not good enough to drink on it’s own (according to the Fiance) so I had to think of something to make with it.
Cherry Brandy is perfect to use up these ingredients. I’m not a fan of brandy but I figured a shot of cherry brandy with coke would more than make me happy and I wasn’t wrong!
3 tablespoons Sugar
70cl Brandy (I used a cheapish brand, not the cheapest but also not something that you’d happily drink on it’s own)
What you do:
- Wash the cherries and tip into a large kilner jar. There’s no need to stone them.
- Putthe the sugar into the jar
- Top up with brandy
- Close the kilner jar (you may be happier putting some clingfilm over the top of the jar before putting the lid on to stop any leaks in future)
- Give the brandy, sugar and cherry mix a good shake/swirl and leave in a cool dark place.
I left the brandy steeping for 3 weeks giving it a swirl around every day to give it a mix before removing the cherries and decanting into pretty bottles.
It seemed a shame to waste the brandy soaked cherries though the colour had been removed during the steeping process and they weren’t very attractive. We found three uses for them:
- Eating on their own – blow you’re had off though so be careful!
- Chopping into melted choclate before tipping into silicone chocolate moulds to handmake chocolates.
- Boozy cherry jam (very good for sandwiching chocolate cakes together)