You guys ready for a holiday cocktail?! I am! I’ve spent the day Christmas-ing it up! We got our tree set up and decorated and the house is looking Christmas-y and smelling like a Christmas Tree thanks in part to our freshly cut tree, but mostly due to my favorite candles from Bath & Body Works. Fresh Balsam. Run to your nearest BBW and pick up a few (or 20) asap!
So, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. Including some cookies baking in the oven as we speak (more on that to come!), all that’s missing is a Christmas cocktail.
Not for long!
These cherries are so easy to make, but the catch is, you have to let them marinate for 4-6 weeks before you can use them. So make them now and they’ll be ready for the holidays!
Michael drinks a lot of Manhattans. They are one of his favorite go-to cocktails, which I am fully on board with for two reasons. #1 I like them too and usually get a sip and #2 I always get to eat the cherry that comes with it
Every once in a while, I’ll get something a little fancier than a plain ol’ maraschino cherry. One that the bartender pulls out from under the bar in a jar full of cherries and liquid. Those are the ones I can’t wait to get my hands on. This is my attempt at recreating them.
It seems you can marinated cherries in all sorts of liquors and liqueurs, but I chose bourbon because, well, I like bourbon!
The very simple process involves just dissolving sugar in the bourbon and then pouring it over pitted cherries. You can use frozen just as well as fresh. This time of year fresh ones would be pretty hard to come by! I used cherries I pitted and froze this past summer, but you could pick some up in the freezer section of your local grocery store.
Once you let the cherries marinate, you can toss them in your Manhattans, muddle them into a cocktail, or mix the cherry-infused bourbon with some spiced cider for a seriously festive drink. Whatever you want to use them for, make these cherries asap. They are sure to make your holiday a little merrier.
Recipe: Bourbon Soaked Cherries
- 1 pound pitted cherries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups Bourbon Whiskey
- Place cherries in a 1 quart canning jar.
- In a small sauce pan, heat the sugar and whiskey over medium low heat, whisking constantly just until sugar is dissolved.
- Pour mixture over the cherries and refrigerate 4-6 weeks. Cherries will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 year.