Preserved Cherries

These cherries can pack a wallop, depending on which alcohol you use. Red wine or a fruity port produces mellower cherries, while vodka or a tannic port gives them a powerful flavor. Both are good; it just depends what your taste buds prefer. These are delicious served with a little bit of the liquid over practically any flavor of ice cream, or in Summertime Spumoni.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh Bing cherries, stemmed
  • 2 cups port, red wine, or vodka
  • cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chopped candied ginger
  • Zest stripped from 1 lemon

Method

Leave the pits in the cherries. In a bowl, stir together the port, red wine, or vodka and the sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Put the cherries in a bowl and pour the red wine over them. Add the cinnamon stick, ginger, and lemon zest. Cover and refrigerate for 2 weeks to 1 month. Remove the pits before eating.

In Advance

These cherries will last for up to 1 month in the refrigerator.

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