Spread the love this festive season with some homemade vodka cherries. These cherries are delicious served with ice-cream, and a little of the syrup can be added to champagne for a cocktail or soda for a refreshing drink.
Prep time: 20 minutes; Cook time: 15 minutes
1 cup water
1 cup caster sugar
1 vanilla bean, split
1 cinnamon quill
1 cup vodka
– Wash and dry cherries, remove the stems and pips. Wash 4 x 1-cup capacity jars (or any number of jars equalling 1 litre capacity) and their lids. Place into a just-warm oven to dry and sterilise.
– Combine sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Stir over low heat, without boiling, until sugar has dissolved, then bring to the boil. Add cherries, vanilla bean and cinnamon quill and return to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir in vodka.
– Spoon cherries into jars, and cover with liquid. Seal tightly with a lid. Label, date, and store in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.
Recipe courtesy – LifeStyle Food.