Heck! I also love drinking with fruit. Wine is the obviously beverage of choice – it’s alcoholic fruit in a bottle! But something I’ve taken to in the past few weeks is bourbon in general, and Old Fashioneds in particular. There’s just something so rugged and burly about sipping hard liquor out of a rocks glass. And despite social conventions, sometimes it’s nice – as a lady – to get a little rugged and burly. And I’m not talkin’ Hugh Jackman… though he may be nice, too. It’s a power drink – and I am powerful. All on my own. Plus it tastes good and I get to have “bourbon fingers”…
…And I can put cherries in it, effectively preparing bourbon soaked cherries… As life intended.
- 4 C Fresh Cherries (pitted if possible), washed & well dried.
- 2 1/2 C Water.
- 1 C Organic Cane Sugar.
- 1 Lemon for Juice.
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract.
- 4-8 Oz Bourbon.
- Place the water and sugar in a medium sized saucepan. Bring to a light boil, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves.
- Add the lemon juice and vanilla extract. Remove from the heat. Tada! Simple syrup!
- As you dissolve the sugar, you will need to sterilize your jars, lids and rings in which you want the cherries to go. This recipe makes 4 X 250ml jars. You can do this in a water bath canner if you have one or if you don't just use a very deep wide stock pot with one of those old fashioned metal steamers laid out in the bottom. This will keep the jars off the bottom of the pot so they don't break. Fill the pot with water and bring to a rolling boil. Using a pair of tongs with rubber bands wrapped around the ends to prevent slippage, carefully place the jars, lids and rings in the water in batches so they fit comfortably with 1 to 2" of water above the jars and boil/sterilize for about 15 minutes. Carefully lift jars, lids and rings out of the water and set aside on a clean, dry surface. Sterilized!
- Now using very clean hands, place the cherries in the jars with 3/4 inch of head space left over. Pour the simple syrup over the cherries (still leaving that 3/4 inch of space at the top and spoon 1 to 2 Oz of bourbon over the entire mixture. This should leave you with 1/2" of head space.
- Secure rims and lids on the jars and place back in the boiling water to ensure seal for 15 minutes. Carefully remove from the water and allow to set. You may hear a "ping" noise coming from the jars - this is an excellent sign. Once cool, check to make sure the rings have in fact sealed and refrigerate any that don't. While you should use unsealed cherries within a couple weeks, the sealed ones will last you a very long time.
- Spoon over ice cream, stuff in between cake layers, or even better: Take three and dunk 'em in more bourbon.
- Eat. Or drink. Or both.