Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Food Styling: Kevin Crafts
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

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