Cherries are not often something we have an abundance of at home, although they are high on the list of my favorite fruits. But in a strange turn of events I was faced a random dilemma: how do I use 2 big bags of cherries the night before I leave town for a week? And the solution to my problem was like an epiphany from the cherry gods: hand pies and bourbon! Hand pies...perfect to travel with since you can eat with your hands, and also a beautiful little 'thank you' in the fridge for my mom who volunteered to stay the week with our dogs. And cherry bourbon -- what better way to return from a trip than to a bowl of bourbon infused with cherries? Relaxation station.
Ever since I ran across Just a Taste's recipe for apple hand pies, I have been waiting for just the opportunity to recreate that perfect pie. Having made it, that crust recipe has just been escorted to the top of my Favorite Crusts of All Time list -- it was a breeze to make, and was perfectly flaky and buttery...the stuff I dream about. Follow their basic recipe for crust and assembly, and fill it with whatever you like! I included cherries, dollops of caramel (conveniently leftover from an apple tray we used for a house party recently), eyeballed a bit of sugar and some lemon. That was all!
If you're a bourbon drinker, cherry bourbon is easy and has vague roots all the way to Martha Washington (think a super easy version of Cherry Bounce). If it weren't so nerdy, I would put Patience at the top of the list of ingredients. A whole week of waiting around!? But that's what it takes to make good flavored bourbon.
- 2 Cups Bourbon
- 1.5 Cups Brown Sugar (I like the dark one)
- 4 Cups of Cherries...whole, or pitted and stemmed...whatever you like!
Microwave the bourbon and the sugar for 1 to 2 minutes until it's hot. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, then put the cherries in. You want them to go swimming, not sit out dry, obviously, so I like to use a big glass bowl that has room for everyone. Cover tightly and put in the fridge for a week.
When the waiting game is over, you have a slightly syrupy, cherry-flavored bourbon, and a lot of bourbon-soaked garnishes! We've also made bourbon-cherry milkshakes, which Scottery has fallen in love with.