Ball® Brandied Cherries

making brandied cherries to use as snacks, in cocktails or for topping ice cream

Ball® Brandied Cherries

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes

Serves

-  

These gorgeous brandied cherries make perfect homemade gifts. They can be used in cocktails, or over pound cake or ice cream.

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Excerpted from Ball® Canning Back to Basics. Copyright © 2017 Hearthmark, LLC. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Time Inc. New York, NY. All rights reserved.

Ingredients

  • 6 pounds dark sweet cherries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cups brandy

Preparation

  • 1 Rinse the cherries under cold running water; drain. Stem and pit the cherries.
  • 2 Combine the sugar, water, and lemon juice in a large stainless-steel or enameled saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to a simmer (180°F). Add the cherries and simmer until they are hot throughout. Remove the saucepan from heat. Stir in the brandy.
  • 3 Pack the hot cherries into a hot jar, leaving 1⁄2-inch headspace. Ladle the hot syrup over the cherries, leaving 1⁄2-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe the jar rim. Center the lid on the jar. Apply the band, and adjust to fingertip-tight. Place the jar on the rack elevated over simmering water (180°F) in the boiling water canner. Repeat until all the jars are filled.
  • 4 Lower the rack into simmering water. Water must cover jars by 1 inch. Adjust heat to medium-high, cover the canner, and bring the water to a rolling boil.
  • 5 Process the jars 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat; remove the lid, and let the jars stand 5 minutes. Remove the jars and cool.

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