Cherry Vanilla Liqueur
  • 1 fifth (750 ml) vodka
  • 2 pints sour cherries, stemmed and crushed or 2½ c. dried sour cherries, coarsely chopped
  • 2 vanilla beans (Madagascar or Bourbon), split
  • 1 c. Simple Syrup
  1. Muddle the vodka, cherries, and vanilla with a wooden spoon in a half-gallon jar. Stir to moisten everything.
  2. Seal the jar and put it in a cool, dark cabinet until the liquid smells and tastes strongly of cherries-3 to 5 days for dried fruit, about 7 days for fresh fruit.
  3. Strain the mixture with a mesh strainer into a clean quart jar. Do not push on the solids to extract more liquid.
  4. Stir in the simple syrup.
  5. Seal and store in a cool, dark cabinet. Use within 1 year.
Source: Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits by Andrew Schloss
Recipe by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks at