Obviously the “spirited” part gave things away, but these little gems are so delightful. This is also a wonderful thing to put on top of ice cream, share with friends, use with baking,appetizers etc. Fruit cocktail has a whole new meaning. The possibilities to use spirited fruits are endless! Enjoy!!! For comments/questions email firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: You can substitute any fruit for this basic recipe and the “spirits” you use should compliment the fruit (blueberries/grand marnier, peaches/rum or brandy, pears/kuhla,or cognac, apricots/brandy, amaretto)
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
7 1/2 cups pitted cherries
In a large stainless saucepan over medium high heat combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the fruit,stirring constantly and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat and boil gently for 5 minutes.
Prepare 8 sterilized jars. Using a slotted spoon add fruit to the jar, add 1 tablespoon of Kirsch, cherry brandy or amaretto to each jar. Top off with boiling mixture to 1/2 in top of jar. Wipe rim of jar and place lid on jar. Twist ring on tightly.
If you want the fruit to last longer, proceed to a hot water bath process or cool and store in refrigerator.