Cherries are one of my favorite fruits and I have no complaints about brandy! These are very strong, and are great additions to drinks or an unexpected garnish.
They make a great gift, if you can handle giving them up!
2 pounds sweet, blemish free, cherries, washed
4 cups high quality brandy
3/4 cup raw sugar
1 tablespoon almond extract (or half vanilla and half almond for a twist)
1. Combine sugar and brandy in medium saucepan over low heat. Cook just until sugar is dissolved, stirring constantly. (Mixture will be only slightly lukewarm, don't overheat; you want to retain alcohol content of
brandy.) Cool and stir in almond extract.
2. Wash two quart canning jars (a dishwasher on the heated dry cycle works nicely.) Carefully place washed cherries, one by one, into the jars and cover completely with brandy (if not completely covered, they'll spoil.)
Carefully agitate the jar to settle the fruit. Put a lid on each jar and refrigerate.