Boozy Maraschino Cherries Recipe from Handmade Gatherings Cookbook
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Boozy Maraschino Cherries Recipe from Handmade Gatherings Cookbook

I’ve been a fan of maraschino cherries in my ice cream for as long as I can remember. Now that I’m old enough to know about the artificial dyes used in many commercially prepared options, I decided that, like many things in the culinary realm, homemade is best! So that kiddos and adults can enjoy these cherries alike, I’ve included a tip for making them alcohol-free.

Makes 4 cups

You Will Need:

– 1½ pounds sweet cherries, such as Bing
– ¾ cup sugar
– ¾ cup water
– 1 teaspoon sea salt
– Juice from 1 lemon
– 1½ cups cherry liqueur (see Note)
– 1 cup pomegranate juice

To Make:

1. Wash the cherries in cold water. Using either a cherry pitter or a paring knife, pit the cherries. I like to leave the stems on for decorative effect. Simply angle the pitter or knife slightly off to one side in order to remove the pit but leave the stem intact.
2. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and salt. Bring to a gentle simmer over medium-low heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar completely. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the lemon juice, cherry liqueur, and pomegranate juice. 3. Place the cherries in a heatproof jar. Pour the cherry liquid over them. Cover with a lid, allow the jar to cool to room temperature, and serve. Refrigerate any unused portion and use within 1 month.

– I used Luxardo brand cherry liqueur. To make this alcohol-free, replace the cherry liqueur with 1½ cups water mixed with 2 teaspoons almond extract.



Handmade Gatherings Roost BooksFrom the décor, to the entertainment, on down to the recipes themselves, Handmade Gatherings presents inspired suggestions for thoughtful, flavorful, festive communal dining. Here you’ll find sixteen parties built around the rhythm of the seasons. Frosty winter fetes, lush springtime soirees, sultry summer get-togethers,and crisp autumn affairs—it’s all here. Food, décor, crafts, and more are part of each event, all collectively assembled and executed. Throw memorable gatherings with your loved ones, enjoy the food, connect with your community, and get caught up in the splendor of it all.

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From Handmade Gatherings by Ashley English © 2014 by Ashley English. Photographs © 2014 by Jen Altman. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boston, MA.