Cherry Liqueur (Homemade)
up to 6 drops
Into a quart jar, add cherries that have been cut in half and pitted. Add alcohol and water to cover cherries. Macerate - tightly covered 2 to 3 weeks at room temperature, shaking daily. Filter through cheesecloth and then through a coffee filter; add simple syrup and lemon extract (optional). Next add (top with) water to bring the total volume up to 25.4 ounces. The liqueur is very good at this point; it will become smoother if it is aged for a few weeks or more.
Note: You can also make this recipe using 80-proof vodka, 16 oz. (476 ml.).
Makes 750 ml.
Cherry Liqueur is one of the most rewarding, whole-flavored liqueurs you can make. There are many varieties of cherry liqueurs on the market; this recipe is a general simulation of many. It is excellent when sipped or in mixed drinks. Make during cherry season to keep the cost reasonable. Well worth the time and effort.