Cherry Vodka Verdict

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It’s time!!! After two months of hiding in a pantry, the black cherry vodka is ready!

I decanted both liter bottles and collected the beautiful cherry-colored vodka, and saved the cherries. As with the strawberry vodka experience in the spring, this vodka-making process took a lot of the color out of the fruit. The cherries look a lot like the pale cherries you get from canned varieties. But I still might use them, if they’re not too alcoholic. I’m thinking of goat’s milk ice cream with cherries and cocoa nibs…
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Anyway, I mixed some of the cherry vodka with my usual mixer – Fresca. There’s just something about the grapefruity-ness that I like. I prefer it over the citrus-y varieties of soda.

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It was very refreshing. However, not nearly as good as the strawberry vodka. But I used less sugar, so that may be why. Still, it was fun, and it would be great in some kind of pretty punch as well – even at Christmas time. Although, I also make cranberry vodka. Maybe I’ll just mix them all together for a merry berry vodka!!! Cheers!
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Black Cherry Vodka

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My spring foray into flavor-infused vodka was so successful, with sweet strawberry vodka, that I decided to make a summer variety as well! And of course, that means cherries.

So following a very similar recipe, but this time with less sugar and much more time, I now give you black cherry vodka. Unfortunately it will be a couple of months before the verdict is out, but I have a feeling that it will be a good one!

Black Cherry Vodka

First rinse off the cherries and dry them overnight on paper towels or a clean dish cloth.

Remove the stems. I began by halving the cherries.

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Until I remembered that I owned a cherry/olive pitter!!! Thank goodness for such a smart purchase!
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Pit the cherries, which also opens them up in the middle, so halving is unnecessary, and place them in as many sterilized bottles that you want full of cherry vodka.

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Add approximately 1 tablespoon of extra-fine sugar to each bottle.
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Then fill the bottles with vodka.
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Give the bottles a gentle shake to insure that the sugar is dissolved. Cover the bottles with sterilized lids, and place them in a dark place for two months. Then cross your fingers.
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