It has been a bumper year for the cherries in our garden, in fact in the time we have been here I don't remember so many. Even the birds can't cope with them. Peter and I picked 10lb this afternoon and hardly made a dent.
This batch is destined to become jam and I just used 3 lbs to make cherry gin!!
This is the cherry gin - 1 lb (454 grams) washed cherries,you can leave in the stones, 4 oz (100 grams) of granulated sugar, 70cl gin. Just pop them into jugs, jars whatever as long as you can give it a stir now and again until the sugar dissolves. Cover, then give a shake when you think about it. Leave for 3 months maximum 6, then strain off into clean bottles, you can add more sugar at this stage if you wish. Drink and enjoy. Up to you what you do with the cherries....
We also plan to make Sweet Pickled Cherries which are great with duck or gammon. The recipe we have is from the Joy of Pickling by Linda Ziebrich.
I shall freeze some for later use and also make pie filling and/or pies
Think of me tomorrow as I stand a pit all these cherries.