Maple and bourbon soaked cherries for your favorite cocktail or dessert.
4cupsfresh cherriesleft whole with stems intact
1cinnnamon stick(per jar)
1whole clove(per jar)
Rind of 1 orangepeel the rind in strips and add to mason jar
Add a cinnamon stick and a whole clove to each mason jar (this recipe works for about 2 mason jars worth of cherries/bourbon.)
In a medium saucepan, combine bourbon, maple syrup, vanilla and zest of one orange. Bring to a simmer and stir. Pour hot bourbon mixture into each jar fully submerging the cherries. (If you find yourself in need of a little extra liquid, heat a little extra bourbon to top it off.) Cover each jar and keep it on the counter for 24 hours at room temp allowing the cherries to cure. Transfer jars to the refrigerator so the flavors will deepen.
Keep refrigerated and use within 1 month.