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Bourbon Candied Cherries

Photo: José Picayo; Styling: Michele Faro
Hands-on time 15 mins
Total time 72 hrs
Yield Serves 12 (serving size: about 5 cherries and about 2 tablespoons soaking liquid)
The taste of a Manhattan in a fruit snack! Serve the cherries as a fun party nibble, or use in cocktails. Don't toss the soaking liquid--stir it into cocktails, or drizzle over ice cream or pound cake. The cherries taste best after soaking at least three days (we loved them after six days), and they will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh Bing cherries with stems
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup bourbon or rye whiskey

Nutrition Information

  • calories 119
  • fat 0.1 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 0.6 g
  • carbohydrate 25.3 g
  • fiber 1.1 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.2 mg
  • sodium 0.0 mg
  • calcium 7 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place the cherries in a medium glass bowl or large jar. Combine sugar, juice, and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook for 5 minutes, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add 1 cup bourbon; bring just to a boil. Pour the hot bourbon mixture over cherries. Cool completely. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 days before serving.