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Citrus Brandied Cocktail Cherries Recipe

Citrus Brandied Cocktail Cherries
Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: 50 mins, plus infusing time | Active Time: | Makes: 1 quart

It may seem seasonally confusing to combine sweet summer cherries with winter spices, but when soaked in brandy, all these flavors make sense. These cherries are perfect in a Brandy Old Fashioned, cherries jubilee, or a boozy clafoutis dessert.

This recipe was featured as part of our DIY Home Bar project.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 medium orange
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice berries
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup brandy
  • 1 pound sweet cherries, such as Bing, washed, stemmed, and pitted
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove orange peel in wide strips, making sure to avoid the white pith.
  2. Place peels, sugar, water, allspice, and nutmeg in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature, about 40 minutes.
  3. Place a fine-mesh strainer over a container with a spout and strain the syrup. Reserve the orange peels and discard the remaining solids. Add brandy to the syrup and stir to combine.
  4. Place cherries in a 1-quart container with a tightfitting lid, threading the orange peels throughout the cherries. Pour the brandy syrup over the cherries, cover, and refrigerate for at least 5 days before serving. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.