Whether you are drinking Manhattans or Whiskey Sours, a good cocktail cherry is an essential garnish for many drinks. In the modern age, it is no longer acceptable to serve commercially processed maraschino cherries with their lurid colors and lack of flavor. Instead, top restaurants and bars are using amarena cherries or opting to make their own cherries in house. The good news is that with a little time and effort, even the clumsiest cook can make first class cocktail cherries. These cherries are soaked in Jack Daniels to preserve them, and you can use these for more than just cocktails. Try spooning some of these over vanilla ice cream, chopping a few up into a rough salsa with mint and a bit of lemon juice and using them to accompany roast game, or even just by themselves. No matter what you do, you’ll be sure to impress your friends and family with this recipe. This recipe scales up easily, and one 750ml bottle of Jack Daniels should be able to fill 4 pints of these cherries.
Whiskey Soaked Cocktail Cherries
makes about 1 pint
1 pint Bing cherries, pitted
1 bottle Jack Daniels or other whiskey
1/4 oz lemon juice
-In a clean sealable mason jar, add pitted cherries, stopping just short of the neck.
-Add lemon juice.
-Top with Jack Daniels whiskey.
-Store in a cool dry place. These cherries will keep for a year.