If you plan ahead a little, every year, you can celebrate Christmas with bourbon cherries, called here Cherry Christmas Cheer. And when you do, this is the best way to eat them: straight out of the jar while watching the Franco Zeffirelli Jesus of Nazarath miniseries. Actually, it takes most of Christmas Day to watch the series, so you really don’t start eating the cherries until John the Baptist looses his head. But by the end, you’ll probably have down a jar and since midnight mass is the night before, you won’t need to worry that you’ll be driving anywhere.
I save a good portion of the sugary, cherry-y bourbon from year to year, though I suppose many people would drink it or reduce it and use it as a syrup. Whatever, I am convinced the intensifying cherry flavor is making my cherries better.
By the way, don’t pit them. But don’t eat so many that you are so drunk you choke on a pit.
1 part bourbon
2 parts sugar
4 parts water
- Place cherries in clean mason jars
- Pour 1 bourbon, 2 sugar and water into a saucepan.
- Bring to a boil; 5 minutes.
- Pour bourbon syrup over fruit. Seal jars.
- Store in a cool, dark place. And wait until Christmas, dang namit!
- See above.