Fresh Cherry-Infused Vodka

 

Cherry-Infused Vodka

Fresh Cherry-Infused Vodka

The summery flavor of fresh cherries is transformed into a delightfully intoxicating beverage in this simple recipe for cherry-infused vodka.

This intensely flavorful infusion is superb, whether you sip it straight, mix it into a cocktail or lighten it with a splash of sparkling water.  You’ll find many recipes for cherry infused spirits that  are additionally flavored with spices or citrus, but we opted for a simpler, straightforward preparation that yields an exceptionally clean, bright cherry flavor and brilliant, ruby-red color.

This recipe uses sweet cherries and vodka; nothing else. You could use tart cherries for a tangier flavor (additional sugar optional), or brandy instead of vodka, but you’ll enjoy the results with any of these variations.

Here’s an important tip: Use whole, unpitted cherries if possible.  The pits will add a faint, but appealing hint of bitterness and a delicate almond flavor.  Of course, if you prefer, you can remove the pits from some or all of the cherries.

We like to serve cherry-infused vodka straight up in a small cordial glass, with one of the whole infused cherries.  Sip it gradually, savoring each drop, then eat the potent vodka-soaked cherry last of all.

The cherries of summer

Blushing clusters of sweet summer cherries

Fresh Cherry-Infused Vodka

Ingredients:

Fresh cherries infusing in vodka

Fresh cherries swimming in vodka

Directions:

Rinse the cherries well and remove the stems. Place them into a large glass jar or non-reactive container (approximately 1/2 gallon).

Pour in the the vodka or brandy, making sure all of the cherries are completely covered by the liquid. Seal the container tightly and place in a cool, dark place for at least 1 month.

When it’s ready to drink, pour off the bright red, cherry-infused spirits into a clean bottle, but be sure to reserve the vodka-soaked cherries for cooking or eating later (you’ll find that they’re amazingly firm, with a decidedly boozey kick).

If you’re able, make enough to put some aside to enjoy later.  In a few months, when winter has come and it’s cold and dreary outside, dust off the bottle and treat yourself to a drop or two of pure, liquid summer.

 

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6 comments on “Fresh Cherry-Infused Vodka
  1. i was pitting cherries for a pie by pushing the pit out with a straw into a bottle. Because there were a lot of cherry pieces in the bottle, I thought I could pour vodka into the bottle to make cherry vodka. But I just found out that cherry pits are toxic. Will this vodka be dangerous to drink?

    • Julia, it’s true that cherry pits can be toxic, especially if the pit is cracked open and the kernel is eaten. Cherry pits (and other stone fruits) contain naturally occurring cyanide compounds which are harmless when only the fruit is eaten. While the vodka would probably be safe to drink, I haven’t been able to find any reliable information online. My advice would be to play it safe and avoid using a large concentration of pits when infusing vodka.

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