Thursday, 25 July 2013

Home Made Cherry Brandy

I know it is the summer holidays but you should be where you can starting to put food up to see you through the winter.  Now is the optimum time when the new crops are coming through is the ideal time to pop something up which give your family a treat later on in the year.

 I absolutely adore Cherries and having a bottle of Brandy going nowhere in the cupboard at the moment and so I decided to put it to good use.  I have therefore started off a batch of home made cherry brandy for this year's Put Down 2013.  This is one of those liqueurs that I have repeatedly made over the years and is one of my favourites.  It is relatively easy to make.  Equipment is simple I use a large preserving jar with a rubber gasket to keep out any nasties.

You will need:

1lb cherries
8oz caster sugar
2 tablespoons split almonds
1 cinnamon stick
1 bottle of brandy 
2 cloves

Prepare the cherries by either trimming or removing stalk and then washing the cherries.  Carefully then with a cocktail stick prick the cherries in several places as this allows the precious cherry juice to macerate into the brandy.  Place the cherries into your sterilised jar with the sugar almond splits and the spices.  Pour in the brandy then seal the jar .  Leave for three months but shake the jar several times a week to help dissolve the sugar and also transfer the colour of cherries to the brandy to a deep cherry red..  Try and keep in a dark place as keeping the brandy in light will fade the colour.  An old trick used to be to put brown paper around the outside of the bottle which helped preserve the colour of the contents. 

 I usually decant the cherries from the brandy just before Christmas either eating the brandied cherries with some cream (they are very boozy) or in the bottom of a Christmas trifle or dipped in chocolate and served as petit fours after Christmas lunch with a glass of the cherry liqueur which I store in a separate sterilised bottle.  Warms the cockles of your heart on a cold winter's day.

Or you can soak some of the cherry liqueur into a home made chocolate sponge, pile it with cherries and cream and make your own version of a Black Forest gateaux very  seventies but very delish or why not a Black Forest Roulade.  Very delish either way.

Catch you soon.



  1. I made some last week my first time so looking forward to trying at christmas.

    1. I love making this every year and bringing a glass or two of this out in the run up to Christmas or the winter months. It is nice soaked into a home made chocolate sponge, with cherries and whipped cream, to make your own blackforest style gateaux. Hope you ae keeping well.


  2. I put my cherries in the freezer over night after washing them and that breaks the skins down and saves having to prick them all. JB

    1. Hi JB I have done this in the past too but I prefer to destone the fruit and then have the fruit to dip into chocolate that way you get two products for the price of one. The meanie in me.

      Take care



  3. I am definitely going to make this! Many thanks for the recipe. Love the idea of dipping the brandied cherries in chocolate too!

    1. Hi Lavender

      I like my food and I do not beleive in paying through the nose for things that can equally and successfully be made at home and I love making sure there is something different on the pantry shelf.

      Take care



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