The Joys of Cherry Season

130630  Cherry Vodka (1)

Cherries are my all time favorite fruit, hands down.  When they to come in each year I eat them every day.  Every. Day.  I can’t get enough.  I’ve canned them in the past and they are wonderful in the winter.  I’ve made them into pies, crumbles, cobblers and clafouties.  This years experiment is infused vodka.  Of all the vodkas I’ve infused in the past this one is the most labor intensive.  It requires you to pit and halve 4 to 5 pounds of cherries (and if you’re like me you eat a lot of them while you’re pitting).  It takes awhile, but the fruit is beautiful.

I put the halved cherries into the container and added 2 liters of vodka.  It’s sitting now in it’s dark little spot where I stir it daily.  The plan is to have it ready for July 4th.  Photos and a review will follow.  I have to confess to having  a bit of a taste this afternoon as I stirred the fruit around.  This is going to be one fabulous vodka.

130630  Cherry Vodka (2)

Ruby Rocket Continued

130601Rhubarb Infusion (1)Today I made the rhubarb infused vodka that is the base of this drink.  I cut up 8 stalks of rhubarb each about 2 feet long.  I put it into a lidded glass container.

130601Rhubarb Infusion (2)I then poured two 1.75 litres of vodka over the rhubarb.

130601Rhubarb Infusion (3)This will sit in a darker, cooler room for about a week, then be strained and returned to bottles.  Done.  That’s it.  The waiting is the hardest part.