Cherry Brandy was one of those things that sounded absolutely delicious to me as a child. I was determined to drink it when I grew up. Now that I’m all grown up, though, I’ve discovered something I like much better than Cherry Brandy- Brandied Cherries!
There’s just something about brandying my own fresh cherries that make me feel all fifties housewife with fire engine red lipstick and a pink apron. Here’s how to do it:
Homemade Brandied Cherries
5 pounds fresh, dark cherries (the sweeter, the better!)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup good brandy
Wash and pit your cherries. To a large pan, add sugar, water and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer. Add the pitted cherries, and let simmer for around five minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in the brandy. Et voila! The most delicious Brandied Cherries ever.
What to do with these? My favorite way is atop a generous slice of chocolate cake. It’s also killer over a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or- if you really want to be wicked- with a scoop of Cherry Garcia and a good dousing of chocolate syrup.