Today, October 20th, is National Brandied Fruit Day!
Brandied fruit is a tasty treat for those who love the sweetness of fruit and the full-bodied flavor of brandy. Brandy starts life as delicious-smelling wine, which is then distilled down into the spirit. Then there is the addition of heat, sugar, herbs, spices and occasionally additional fruit. Yummy! Historically, it was used as a high-class method of preservation. Brandy tastes fantastic on its own, but also provides a long-lasting way to preserve fruits that can be lost during the winter (while enhancing the spirit!).
Stay tuned for more information about our Southern Distilling Company brandy products. Coming in 2018!
In the meantime, we wanted to share this yummy brandied cherries recipe with you!
BRANDIED CHERRIES RECIPE
What you’ll need:
1/2 cup white sugar or turbinado
1/2 cup cherry juice or water
1 stick cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
1 cup brandy, maraschino liqueur, aged rum, or any combination of the three
1 pound cherries, stemmed and pitted if desired
Glass: Mason canning jar
Directions: In medium saucepan, combine sugar, cherry juice (or water), cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Bring to a low simmer. Simmer, stirring until sugar is fully dissolved. Remove saucepan from heat. Add brandy or other liqueur, and stir to combine. Add cherries and stir until coated with syrup. Remove to clean canning jars. Let cool to room temperature. Seal jars and chill until cherries have shrunk and absorbed liquid and are flavorful, at least 1 month and up to 4 months. Refrigerate overnight before serving.
Courtesy of Serious Eats.