Cherries are quite popular in Denmark, and my family is happy to enjoy them right out of the market basket. Variations on Kirsebælikør, or cherry liqueur, are also quite popular. I must admit that spending the afternoon on a ferry in the Baltic Sea exploring Denmark’s Viking heritage with my own horde of pint size, toy sword-wielding Viking enthusiasts, any combination of cherries and vodka sounds pretty darn good. Go ahead, judge. How many times did you get hit with a plastic sword today?
2 1/2 cups good quality vodka
1 cup good quality brandy
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 pounds fresh cherries, washed and stems removed
Step 1) Combine vodka, brandy, and sugar in a large bowl. Stir gently until sugar is dissolved.
Step 2) Score cherries with a sharp knife and place in sterilized quart jars (two should be sufficient).
Step 3) Cover cherries with sugar/alcohol mixture. Cover jars with tight fitting lids and store in a cool place away from sunlight. Every few days, tip jars upside down back and forth a few times to mix ingredients.
Step 4) Liqueur will taste pretty fabulous after only a day or two, but for maximum flavor, try to let this sit for 2 or 3 months. If only one of the quarts lasts that long, well, who am I to judge? 😉
Step 5) Strain liqueur from cherries, and serve liqueur in small cordial glasses. Use the cherries for something else – a cake, perhaps? Hmm… I feel another recipe brewing. Stay tuned!