Sunday, July 29, 2012

Home-made sour cherries liqueur

Sour cherry liqueur. Elegant liqueur for elegant occasions. You serve it in little glasses and sip it sparingly enjoying every drop. My Granny prepared it when I was a child and I still remember the big green bottles filled with sour cherries and sugar. As it is with many other good things, preparing sour cherry liqueur is a slow process. You need more than a month  between buying the fresh sour cherries and taking the first sweet sips from this drink. 
Vodka is the perfect base for it, because it hasn't own flavour and color.

  • 1 kg sour cherries
  • 500 g sugar
  • 500 ml vodka
  • some sour cherry leaves
  • 1 split vanilla bean, a stick of cinnamon or some cloves - optional
Wash sour cherries, remove stems and put fruits into a big bottle with wide neck. Cover with the sugar and the optional ingredients and put on a sunny place outdoors for 3 weeks. Sugar will dissolve slowly during this period and fruits will infuse the liqueur. Use a cap made of cheesecloth instead of a tight cap - air should pass through it. Stir to rotate twice daily.

Add vodka and place the bottle in a shady place for additional 2-3 weeks. Aging phase will allow blending of the flavours. Filter through a filter paper, remove sour cherries and pour liquid into an attractive bottle with a good fitting cork.

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