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Brandied Cherries

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Food Styling: Kevin Crafts
Hands-on time 20 mins
Yield Makes 1 qt. (serving size: 1/4 cup)
Rainiers are stunning in cocktails in place of fluorescent maraschinos (and are great on ice cream too). They'll start to darken after a month, but will taste even better.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pitted Rainier cherries
  • 1 cinnamon stick, about 3 in. long
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup brandy

Nutrition Information

  • calories 78
  • caloriesfromfat 1 %
  • protein 0.4 g
  • fat 0.1 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • carbohydrate 15 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • sodium 0.4 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Put cherries and cinnamon stick into a 1-qt. sealable glass container, such as a mason jar.

  2. Bring sugar, brandy, and 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan and boil until sugar has dissolved.

  3. Pour hot liquid over cherries and let cool to room temperature, about 2 hours.

  4. Seal jar and chill until cherries have shrunk and absorbed liquid and are flavorful, at least 1 month and up to 4 months.