Monday, 27 June 2011

Cherry Brandy

Our cherry tree is bursting with fruit at the moment. After several years of careful pruning, we now have fruit at a level we can reach.  Usually the birds get them before they are ripe enough for us to use - they are sour cherries, so not great for eating raw, but I can't help myself.

Anyway,  I thought i'd have a go at making Cherry Brandy.   

1 litre kilner type jar
350g cherries, washed, dried, pricked. Discard any with bruised skin.
70 cl bottle brandy
1 tablespoon caster sugar
Cinnamon stick

Sterilise the jar.  Put in the pricked cherries. Sprinkle sugar.  Add brandy, a 70cl bottle should just about fit.  Add cinnamon stick.  Seal, and shake gently.  Store in a cool dark place for about 8 weeks, shaking every so often.  

Strain off the cherries, and decant liquid into bottles. You can (allegedly) use the
soaked cherries, I'll let you know in a couple of months how that works out.

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