su-Brandied Cherries
Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Food Styling: Kevin Crafts
Yields Makes 1 qt. (serving size: 1/4 cup) Hands-on Time 20 mins
Rainiers are stunning in cocktails in place of fluorescent maraschinos (and are great on ice cream too). They'll start to darken after a month, but will taste even better.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Put cherries and cinnamon stick into a 1-qt. sealable glass container, such as a mason jar.

Step 2
2

Bring sugar, brandy, and 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan and boil until sugar has dissolved.

Step 3
3

Pour hot liquid over cherries and let cool to room temperature, about 2 hours.

Step 4
4

Seal jar and chill until cherries have shrunk and absorbed liquid and are flavorful, at least 1 month and up to 4 months.

Ingredients

 1 pound pitted Rainier cherries
 1 cinnamon stick, about 3 in. long
 1 1/2 cups sugar
 1 cup brandy

Directions

Step 1
1

Put cherries and cinnamon stick into a 1-qt. sealable glass container, such as a mason jar.

Step 2
2

Bring sugar, brandy, and 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan and boil until sugar has dissolved.

Step 3
3

Pour hot liquid over cherries and let cool to room temperature, about 2 hours.

Step 4
4

Seal jar and chill until cherries have shrunk and absorbed liquid and are flavorful, at least 1 month and up to 4 months.

Brandied Cherries