- Cherries 500 g
- Sugar 500 g • 470 kcal
- Pure alcohol 500 ml
- Water 400 ml
- Cloves 2
- Cinnamon 1 stick
Cherry liqueur is an alcoholic drink with a sweet and fruity flavor, really easy to prepare and will win everyone over with its unique taste. It is a homemade liqueur that you can enjoy at any time of the year, especially as an after dinner drink. It is very easy to prepare and you only need a few ingredients: ripe cherries, sugar, water and pure alcohol are the basic ingredients, then add cinnamon and cloves to make your cherry liqueur more aromatic and delicious. But let's see how to make it with this simple recipe to serve to friends and family on any occasion.
How to make Homemade Cherry Liqueur
In a saucepan, place the water with the sugar (1) and add the cinnamon and cloves. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for about 2 minutes, or until the sugar is dissolved, and let it cool.
In the meantime, wash the cherries, and weigh them out with all the stone and stem, then dry them on a towel. Put the cherries in an airtight container and add the alcohol and the solution of water and sugar, including cinnamon and cloves, in order to cover them all.
Let them macerate in a dark place for 20 days, shaking the container at least once a day. After the necessary time has passed, filter everything through a clean and dry gauze. Bottle the liqueur in one or more sterilized bottles and let it rest for 1/2 months before consuming.
If you don't want to flavor your cherry liqueur, avoid adding the cinnamon stick and cloves. In this case, bring only water and sugar to a boil in the pot.
– It is best to use hermetically sealed glass bottles which have been previously sterilized, just like the jars used for preserves.
– Cherry liqueur is even better if served cold.
Cherry Liqueur Variants
If you want to make a digestive liqueur with cherry pits, here is what you need: 500 ml of pure alcohol, 400 g of sugar, 1 g of cherry pits. Put the stones in an airtight jar, cover them with alcohol and let them macerate for 1 month. After the necessary time has passed, pour everything in a pot with a lid, add sugar and bring to boil. Let it cool without lifting the lid. Finally filter to remove the stones, and pour into sterilized bottles. Keep in a dark and fresh place for at least 1 month before consuming.
Another variant is the classic cherry liqueur in which is added red wine and, in some cases, cherry leaves. In order to make it, put in a pot 500 ml (1.5 fl.oz.) of red wine and 400 g (8.2 oz.) of sugar, boil it and then let it cool by covering the pot with a lid. Then add 200 ml of pure alcohol, 1 vial of cherry extract and let it rest for about 10 days in an airtight container, before bottling it. Once ready you can drink it cold or at room temperature.
How to store Cherry Liqueur
Cherry liqueur can be stored for 1 year in a cool place or in the refrigerator, especially in summertime, in order to serve it well chilled.