Cocktail Cherries

Cocktail Cherries

Makes about 2 pints


1 cup sugar
1 cup water
½ cup Kowalski's Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice (from the Produce Department)
1 cinnamon stick
1 ½ lbs. (approx. 7 dozen) sweet cherries, stemmed and pitted (see Tasty Tip)
1 tbsp. Kowalski's Organic Madagascar Vanilla Extract
2 oz. orange liqueur or brandy (optional)
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  1. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, water and juice over medium-high heat; stir.
  2. Add the cinnamon stick; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved (2-3 min.). 
  3. Reduce heat to low. Add cherries; simmer until cherries just start to soften (about 5 min.).
  4. Remove saucepan from the heat; stir in vanilla and liqueur. Allow cherries to fully cool in the pan; discard cinnamon stick.
  5. Spoon cherries into a glass storage container(s); cover with syrup from the pan. Store in the refrigerator, tightly covered, for up to 3 weeks.
  6. If desired, store any extra cocktail syrup separately in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Tasty Tip:

  • For the most beautiful cherries, use the blunt end of a wooden skewer to gently push the pit from the cherries without pulling the halves apart.