@ChicagoTerry I simply wash the fresh sweet cherries well, remove the stems, stuff them whole, pits and all, into mason jars, packing them as tightly as I can without smashing the fruit and pour vodka over to fill to the top, seal and leave in a dark, cool cupboard for as long as you like.
I start these in the summer time when the fruits are inexpensive and sweet, and then give them out as as Christmas gifts.
This cheery-infused vodka makes a mean martini, or any vodka based cocktail of your choosing.
I like to skewer the cherries and eat them just by themselves ...
it reminds me of my dad, he use to give us kids the olives from his Martinis, or the cherries from his Manhattan, yum!
I don't put any sugar in the mix, that would be the beginnings of a cherry cordial, I'm not too keen on sweet drinks.
I thought about using Everclear this year, but it's 151 proof AND did you see the price of it this year? $18.99/750ml
Last year it was about $6, I guess the foodie revolution as caught up... folks making their own infused liquors, have you seen the price of those?