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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Maracshino Cherry Liqueur

Maraschino Cherry Liqueur
I used to make liqueurs. Most were better than the name brands.
This was a particular favorite.
I double this recipe and use a 1 gallon pickle jar ( no pun intended )

Ingredients:
2-1quart  sterile canning jars
1 jar maraschino cherries and their liquid
Two-1/2 inch pieces of a vanilla bean (don't omit this)
1cup sugar
Fifth of vodka
1cup brandy

Preparation:

In a large saucepan.
Add cherries, vanilla bean and sugar. Simmer for 5 minutes. Cool.
Add the brandy to the cooled cherries. Stir.
Divide the cherries, syrup and vanilla bean between the mason jars and fill with vodka.
Add the caps and lids. Seal. Allow it to age at least 2 weeks.
2 months is better. shake occasionally, while aging.
Strain, and add the the bottle of your choice.

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