I'm new to the "boozy" cherry idea. I thought I'd try making some since I had cherry brandy on hand from another recipe. Why not? right. I cannot wait until this coming Christmas to break open a jar and enjoy with the Winter Festivities. These may just make a great Christmas hostess gift too! I only made two pints this first time - to see if we need to make any future adjustments to my recipe. ~Enjoy! Diane
Boozy Sweet Cherries
Syrup - enough for 1 Pint:
1 Cup water
1/2 Cup sugar
To each Pint Jar add:
Sweet Cherries, stemmed & pitted
1/3 cup Cherry Brandy
Place sugar and water in a sauce pan on stove-top over low to medium heat and stir until all sugar is dissolved into a hot syrup.
Place 1/2 cup of the hot syrup into the bottom of each hot, clean, sterile pint jar, add in cherries, shaking cherries down lightly as you fill. Place 1/3 cup of cherry brandy into each pint jar over cherries and top off using more hot syrup until you reach 1/2" head-space. Make sure to de-bubble your jars and refill with hot syrup to bring to proper head-space. I use a thin wooden skewer and poke around to release all the air bubbles I can...
(an average of 11 pounds is needed per canner load of 9 pints)
Since this is considered a 'Raw pack:'
Process in a boiling water-bath for 25 minutes or according to your local altitude.
Recipe and Photos by: Diane Baker for Canning and Cooking at Home
Cherries by: Northwest Cherries/Washington State