Liquori Casalinghi (Cherry Liqueur)

“Italian Cherry Liqueur. Perfect after dinner cordial, to be enjoyed with friends or to be given as a gift. You can use a bottle with a tight fitting cork or screw top. Wax seals add a nice finished touch. A tablespoon added to pie crust has phenomenal results. Very easy recipe... the hardest part is waiting 6 months for the maceration. Be sure to shake it up when you check on its progress.”
READY IN:
20mins
YIELD:
1 Bottle
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 lbs ripe flavorful cherries
  • 1 cup sugar, less 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 13 cup water, plus
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 34 cups grain alcohol or 1 34 cups vodka

Directions

  1. You will need to crush the cherries along with their pits. I found it was easiest to use a heavy duty extra large zip lock, adding a handful of cherries at a time, and smash each cherry with a hammer. Be sure to crust the pit well. Push the pulp to the bottom of the bag and add the next handful.
  2. Leave covered in a dark place for 24 hours.
  3. After 24 hours, boil the water and add the sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
  4. Put cherry mixture in a fine muslin bag, or use a fine sieve, and squeeze the juice into a bowl.
  5. Add the cherry juice to the sugar syrup mixture and set aside to cool.
  6. Add alcohol to the cooled cherry syrup.
  7. Pour into a jar with a tight fitting lid and place in a cool dark place for one week.
  8. After one week, filter into a cool looking bottle, seal, and age it for at least six months before you pop the top.

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